Members of Emporia State Federal Credit Union – Scholarships

For our students that may be planning to attend ESU in the fall and are a member of ESFCU.

For more information, please go to

and click on the scholarships application link.  Application deadline, March 1st.


Future Teacher Academy

Kansas high school students looking toward the future have the opportunity to see if they want to be among the future generation of teachers, coaches, counselors, education researchers, speech therapists – every profession that begins with a degree in education.

Applications are being accepted for the 26th annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy; the application is available at Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Applications need to be submitted by April 11, 2015.

The Kansas Future Teacher Academy is held on the campus of Emporia State University from Sunday, June 7 to Thursday, June 11. During this time, academy participants will work with education faculty from area school sdistricts, ESU education faculty, academy alumni, the 2015 National Teachers Hall of Fame inductees, the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team, and the 2015 Kansas Master Teachers.

If you, or a student, has any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Roger Caswell
National Board Certified Teacher
(2002, renewed 2011)
Flint Hills Chapter of PDK, President
Flint Hills Writing Project of NWP, Co-site Director
Kansas Future Teacher Academy, Executive Director
Kansas Teacher Hall of Fame, Board
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award of KRA, Chair

Executive Director
Jones Institute for Educational Excellence
Emporia State University

Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for Juniors

The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism, to network with one another and to develop lifelong associations. The conference, hosted by the Newseum Institute, includes full access to the Newseum, interaction with media leaders and journalists, hands-on training, tours of Washington landmarks, plus fun and fellowship.

The Free Spirit program began in 1999 and is funded by the Freedom Forum to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and USA TODAY.

This will be an incredible, potentially life-changing opportunity for 51 fortunate students from across the country. We need your help in identifying them.

Eligibility is limited to students currently in their junior year (and scheduled to graduate in 2016).

For your use and easy access, go to to download a flier suitable for posting, print ads (in three different sizes) ready for publication in your high school newspaper or website and to find the online application. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2015. Late applications will be accepted — but first consideration will go to those students who meet the deadline.

BBB Student of Integrity Awards

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is notifying you that it is accepting applications from high school seniors for the 2015 Scott Mecham BBB Student of Integrity Awards. Eight students will each be granted $2,000 college scholarships: two from The Kansas Plains area, two from metro Lincoln and greater Nebraska, two from metro Omaha and southwest Iowa and two from South Dakota.

These scholarships are not based on ethnicity, need or grade point average, but recognize students of integrity who represent BBB values. They are awarded to students who exemplify ethical behavior and personal integrity and who demonstrate humility, courage, compassion and respect for their peers, teachers and community.

Please share this information with your staff and students. Aside from the obvious benefit to the students, this is also a wonderful opportunity for your institution to be publicly recognized. Scholarship winners will be announced in April and congratulated in releases to television, radio and print media. They will also be recognized at BBB’s Integrity Award Events in August.

The application guide with full details and required forms can be downloaded at

For more information, please contact BBB Communications Director Margo Riekes at 402-898-8526, 800-649-6814 #8526 or The BBB and its Foundation looks forward to rewarding two well-deserving students from The Kansas Plains area for upholding high ethical standards. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 6, 2015.