Scholarship Opportunities

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Community scholarship opportunities

A limited number of community scholarships will be awarded annually to Kansas or Missouri high school graduating seniors. Strong consideration will be given to candidates living in an Evergy service area who are interested in a possible future career or internship with us, especially students in the following degree fields: business, finance, accounting, engineering, human resources, computer technology, communications or other similar fields. For information about community scholarships, please visit with your high school guidance counselor and have your counselor contact Bridget Fitzwater (bridget@theellisfoundation.org) at the Ellis Foundation. Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2021.

Craft scholarship opportunities

Craft scholarships will be awarded to individuals who wish to pursue an associates degree in Electric Power and Distribution and Wind/Renewable Energy. Must be a graduating senior in a Kansas or Missouri high school, or currently enrolled in a two-year technical/craft program at a local community college or trade school.

Diverse candidates are traditionally underrepresented in skilled craft roleswomen and black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Scholarship awards

  • Award amount: $3,000 per year (renewable, two-year reward)
Why pursue a degree in electric power and distribution or wind/renewable energy?
  • Starting salary for lineman apprentice: $58,000
  • Starting salary for a wind technician: $61,000
  • Potential opportunities for advancement

A completed Evergy application and essay must be submitted by March 1, 2020 via email or physical mail (details within application).

A completed Ellis Foundation application must also be submitted by March 1, 2020. This information will be provided to you upon completion of the Evergy application.

Power and wind applicants must be able to attend a one-day job shadow to be eligible. Lineman applicants must participate in an interview to be eligible. Females and minorities are strongly urged to apply.

Winners will be announced in May.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a Kansas or Missouri resident (with preference given to students living in our service areas)
  • Must be a graduating high school senior or enrolled in a two-year technical/craft program at a local community college or trade school
  • Must pursue a degree in Electric Power and Distribution in Kansas or Missouri
  • Must be eligible to obtain a commercial driver's license
  • Must enroll as a full-time student in a degree program (not required to be enrolled prior to scholarship award, but must be a full-time student in degree program to receive award)
  • Must maintain 2.5 G.P.A. during degree program
  • If 18 years old, must be willing to submit to a Motor Vehicle Records Check (drug free with no DUI convictions)
  • Must participate in two personal interviews (one with Evergy and one with the Ellis Foundation)
  • Must be able to attend a mandatory one-day "Line Worker Experience" during a week day in June (date has not yet been selected).
Program selection process:

Consideration for a Lineman Scholarship will be given to applicants who:

  • Submit a completed application and essay by March 1, 2021
  • Participate in a personal interview (an Evergy representative will call to coordinate this date with you)
Program benefits:
  • Access to a professional mentor through the Ellis Foundation and Evergy
  • Opportunity for direct placement into technical school program (restrictions may apply)
  • Opportunity for internship and future employment with Evergy
Logistics for Lineman Prep Day
  • Date: a weekday in June (Line Worker Experience Day)
  • Location: Professional Development Center, 801 NE US Hwy 24, Topeka, KS or Ripley Cabin, 4400 N. Seneca St., Wichita, KS or Cedar Point, 10056 Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO
Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a Kansas or Missouri resident (preference given to students living in Evergy service areas)
  • Must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in a two-year technical/craft program at a local community college or trade school
  • Must pursue a technical degree at a junior college or trade school for Wind/Renewable Energy
  • Must enroll or currently be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program (not required to be enrolled prior to scholarship award, but must be a full-time student in degree program to receive award)
  • Must maintain 2.5 G.P.A. during degree program
Program selection process:

Consideration for a wind energy scholarship will be given to applicants who:

  • Submit a completed application and essay by March 1, 2021
  • Attend a mandatory one-day job shadow(date is to be determined)
  • Job shadow will be at Central Plains (Marienthal, KS) or Flat Ridge (Nashville, KS)
  • Participate in two personal interviews (one with Evergy and one with the Ellis Foundation)
Program benefits:
  • Access to a professional mentor through the Ellis Foundation
  • Opportunity for internship and future employment with Evergy
Job shadow logistics:
  • Date: One day in March yet to be determined
  • An Evergy representative will reach out to you in late February or early March to help coordinate a date for the job shadow
  • Location for wind energy applicants: Central Plains (Marienthal, KS) or Flat Ridge (Nashville, KS)

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