Awards of Excellence

We are now accepting applications for the Awards of Excellence 2020

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Every spring the First Responders Foundation presents Awards of Excellence to deserving high school seniors who are children of first responders.  These awards are given to students who demonstrate good character, balanced achievement, and outstanding commitment to the community.

Part of the mission of the First Responders Foundation is to serve and honor all first responders and their families.  The Foundation believes it takes a special person to become a first responder and their whole family shares in their service and sacrifice.  Most moms and dads don’t wear bullet-proof vests, wear fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus, or take life and death calls when at work.  Children of first responders live a different life not knowing if their loved one will return home at the end of their shift or what emotional stress they may endure.  They also learn to live with parents that often miss special events and holidays, because the life of a public servant is 24/7 and it doesn’t take a break.

To show honor and respect to these students and their families the Foundation created the Awards of Excellence.  The recipients of this prestigious award receive $500 and recognition at the annual Awards of Excellence reception.  Students are required to submit an application with supporting documents detailing high school activities, achievements, and awards, and community involvement and accomplishments.  They are also asked to write a short personal essay so the selection committee can get to know the applicant, including future career or vocation goals.

Each year the Foundation is overwhelmed by the quality of the applicants.  These fine young men and women are making a difference in their schools and community.  Many plan to pursue public service in the future.

Applying for Awards of Excellence

To apply for the award students must be graduating high school seniors with a “C” or higher grade point average.  They must have a parent who is a first responder, paid or non-paid, that works in Douglas, Sarpy or Pottawattamie Counties in NE and IA.  If selected they must agree to allow the First Responders Foundation to use their name and photo.  The recipients will be selected by the First Responders Foundation selection committee.  There is a limited number of Awards of Excellence awards.

Applications must be mailed to the First Responders Foundation and postmarked on or before March 1, 2020.  Winners will be announced on March 23, 2020, on the website at  An awards ceremony will take place on April 23, 2020, and the awards will be presented at that time.

They must be downloaded, filled out, and mailed back to the Foundation at 2800 S 110th Court, Omaha, NE  68144. Click below for an application.

FRF Awards of Excellence Application


Bob Nelson, introduced me to the First Responders Foundation about 18 months ago. As a result I sponsored a student last year who was a child of a First Responder with an Award of Excellence. I feel so strongly about this organization and the work they are doing for ALL First Responders that it is my intent to continue supporting them for years to come.  My donation this year will be in honor of the EMT team from Omaha Fire Station #42, the team who responded so quickly and efficiently when my sister Nancy had a stroke 2 weeks ago.  It was because of their quick, efficient and amazing actions (and the doctors, of course) that Nancy had the best outcome we could have hoped for.  Carol

To read about Kiley, a recipient of the award in 2019, click here.

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2019 winners!**

**Awards of Excellence 2019 Picture Gallery**

**2018 winners!**
**2017 winners!**

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