Scholarship Opportunities

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Community scholarship opportunities

A minimum of 15 community scholarships will be awarded annually to 15 Kansas or Missouri high school graduates. For information about community scholarships, please visit with your high school guidance counselor or have your counselor contact Bridget Fitzwater at the Ellis Foundation (bridget@theellisfoundation.org). Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2020. 

Craft scholarship opportunities

A minimum of 9 craft scholarships are available for individuals who wish to pursue an associate degree in electric power and distribution, power plant technology, wind/renewable energy, industrial technology or other industry-related degrees in Kansas or Missouri.

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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, power plant technology or wind/renewable energy?
  • Starting salary for lineman apprentice: $56,000
  • Starting salary for power plant operator: $55,000
  • Starting salary for a wind technician: $58,000
  • 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
  • Must be a graduating High School Senior
  • Must pursue a degree in Electric Power and Distribution in Kansas
  • 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 a personal interview
  • Must be able to attend a mandatory one day "Lineman Prep Day" on a Saturday in April, May or 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, 2020
  • Participate in a personal interview (MaryKay Ulrich from Evergy will call to coordinate this date with you.)
  • Females and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply
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 Saturday in April, May or June (to be determined)
  • 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
Typical jobs at a power plant/wind farm:

Industrial mechanics, electricians, facility, manufacturing, instrument & control, and wind turbine technicians, power system operators, machinists, engineers, chemical analysis techs, clerks, rescue personnel, environmental coordinators, and analysts.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a Kansas or Missouri resident
  • Must be a graduating High School Senior
  • Must pursue a technical degree at a junior college or trade school for power plant technology, wind energy, industrial technology, or other industry-related degrees
  • 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
Program selection process:

Consideration for a Power Plant/Wind Energy Scholarship will be given to applicants who:

  • Submit a completed application and essay by March 1, 2020
  • Attend a mandatory one-day job shadow between March 1 - March 31, 2020
  • Participate in a personal interview
  • Power Plant applicants - Job shadow will be at Jeffrey Energy Center (St. Mary's, KS)
  • Wind energy applicants - Job shadow will be at Central Plains (Marienthal, KS) or Flat Ridge (Nashville, KS)
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 of your choice between March 1 - March 31, 2020
  • Must coordinate this day with MaryKay Ulrich (marykay.ulrich@evergy.com)
  • Location for power plant applicants: Jeffrey Energy Center, St. Marys, KS
  • Location for wind energy applicants: Central Plains (Marienthal, KS) or Flat Ridge (Nashville, KS)
Evergy has a clear mission – To empower a better future. Evergy chooses to live this mission by valuing People First. We know to accomplish becoming the most innovative and reliable energy company, we need a team with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. So, our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to celebrating diversity and building a team where everyone – regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status – has a voice and can bring their best every day. We know that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the better we will be. Evergy is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.