Guided by the vision to be a catalyst for positive change, the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation inspires change through unique projects and philanthropic efforts.

The Omaha Award

Launched in 1998, the Omaha Award was established to energize Omaha’s philanthropic spirit. Applications were invitation only and grants were awarded for both new and existing programs and services from 1998 – 2001 and again in 2015.

The Omaha Award was reimagined and relaunched in 2019 with new criteria, guidelines, and application. Today, the Foundation offers a competitive grants program that provides support to nonprofit organizations working directly in the areas of food, personal care items, shelter and health. Learn more about the Omaha Award’s focus, qualifications, and application.

Jack Lewis Safety Fund

A longtime family friend, Dr. Jack Lewis inspired many through his work as a physician and passion for life. He was committed to keeping athletes safe and healthy through his over 40-year service as Central High School’s athletic physician. As a tribute to this extraordinary man, the generosity of the Scott Family established the Jack Lewis Safety Fund.

The Jack Lewis Safety Fund awards grants to police, fire and EMS in rural Nebraska communities that are focused on the safety of others. Grants are awarded through an online application process. To learn more about eligibility, grant requirements and application, please contact Sarah Lopez at