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Shepherd Scholarships

A $150,000 gift by Emporians R. Hershel and Augusta Shepherd to Emporia State University established the ESU Shepherd Scholars program in 1995. The Shepherds then contributed an additional $100,000 to the fund, which will be used to honor up to 15 scholars each year.

To These New Criteria: 

Eligible students will have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and shall (a) meet, at a minimum, the traditional definition of “Junior” classification by having completed at least 60 credit hours at the time of application, and (b) have at least two semesters’ worth of coursework remaining prior to degree attainment.

Each of the scholars receives a plaque and a $1000-award to recognize his or her achievements. In addition they are designated ESU Shepherd Scholars for their senior year.

To apply students must submit:

1) a completed cover sheet

2) a sample of their best college work (research paper, essay, taped musical performance, art project, etc.)

3) a letter of application that summarizes their accomplishments, that includes a statement about the significance of their sample of college work, and that explains what this award would mean to them

4) transcripts of their college work (unofficial transcripts are fine, print outs from BuzzIn are acceptable if you have included your name on the printout)

5) at least two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff that must be submitted under separate cover.


In the MOA for the scholarship there is a slight preference for students who graduated from a high school in Lyon County or one of the counties that touch Lyon County. Students are encouraged to seek the advice of an advisor or other professor as they prepare their application materials.

Send this material to:

Dr. William Clamurro, University Honors Director, Box 4073, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 66801.

For questions or additional information, call 620-341-5899 or e-mail at All materials are absolutely due by Friday, March 7, 2014. Students do not have to be a member of the University Honors Program to receive this award.

Past and Current Shepherd Scholars


Eric Anderson, Pre-Medical Biology

María Castro Muñoz, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Allex Dysart, Elementary Education

Kira Hall, Computer Science

Rachel Hovey, Secondary Education: Physics & Chemistry

Christopher Krause, Secondary Education: Earth Science & Chemistry

Kady Paul, Elementary Education

Adam Petz, Computer Science & Mathematics

Nicole Reutzel, Secondary Education: Mathematics

Brooke Schultz, Elementary Education

Michelle Wilk, Secondary Education: English

Hui Yang,  Elementary Education



Macy Anderson, Nursing 

Amy Bretches, Computer Science & Mathmatics (Minor: Information Systems)

Jasmine Greene, Political Science (Minor: Spanish)

Tess Hobson, Communication (Minor: Leadership)

Amy Kay Lee, Communication (Minor: Leadership)

Brittanie Nichole McKenna, Elementary Education

Kaitlin Moore, Elementary Education & ESL

Christopher Roland, Communications & Social Science

Bobbie Brooke Schmidt, Spanish (Minor: Leadership)

Alaina Young, Sociology (Minor: Psychology)



Sarah Anderson

Hannah Belton

Yuying Cao

Jianlei Chen

Daria Cuznetova

Asher Delmott

Caroline Ewing

Lezley Lawson

Chase McIver

Abbi Moser

Lindsey Smith

Ellen Weiss



Lindsay Dorsch, English

Ryan Hahn, Chemistry

Alli Jordan, English

Madeline Kilmer, Elementary Education

Lasonya McElroy, Communications

Miranda Renfro, Secondary English Education

April Robbs, Elementary Education

Amanda Rose, Nursing

Kevin Roulhac, Social Sciences

Nicole Skala, Accounting

Stephanie Ternes, Accounting

Tianyue Zhao, Economics


Frances Busby, Secondary English Education
Caitlin Eck, Accounting
Jill Ferrell, Secondary English Education
Paige Kinzie, Secondary English Education
Karen Kroge, Secondary Social Sciences Education
Jonathan Krueger, Political Science and Public Affairs
Jacob Kucza, Elementary Education
Katie McClain, Secondary Social Sciences Education
Jasmine Puderbaugh, Secondary English and French Education
Levi Short, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Tamara Stimatze, Psychology and Rehabilitation
Melissa Swager, Mathematics


Kristina Bramwell, Secondary Social Sciences and Psychology Education

Jonathan Eusey, Biology

Courtney Knaup, Physics

Dustin Loyd, Biology

Ryan Norton, Business Education

Sarah Sadowsky,

Stephanie Schifferdecker, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

Jonathan Torres, Business Administration, Spanish

Dallas Weaver, Earth Science

Trevor Williamson, Spanish Literature

Krista Zogelman, Nursing, Spanish

Valynn A. Christie, Elementary Education
Kelli N. Coble, English, Sociology
Ashley N. Czajkowski, Art
Lindsay M. Davis, Biology
Megan A. Grisell, Spanish, Coaching
Jonathan Y. Haney, Mathematics, Philosophy
Heather K. Harrison, Elementary Education, Spanish
Andrew A. Holt, Earth Science
Jeffrey A. Kohlmeier, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Kyla Lewis,
Rachel E. Reeves, Political Science
Eric S. Runge, Economics
Aniesa D. Slack, Biology, Spanish
Jaclyn R. Sill, Social Science, Coaching
Kelly M. Thompson, Communication

Erin Christians, English, German, Creative Writing
Stephanie Clark, Art, German
Brenda Hughes, Accounting
Brandy Jones, Health and Physical Education
Ryan Kohlmeier, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gena Langley, Elementary Education
Jacob Magnusson, Mathematics
Jeffrey Prendergast, Biology
Danielle Sedivy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Tiffany Shogren, Mathematics Education, Journalism Education
Janelle Shoup, Accounting, Earth Science
James Whitney, Biology
Christine Yates,Psychology, Biology, Sociology

Lyssa Bandel, French, East Asian Studies, and Ethnic & Gender Studies
Sherri Braksick, Athletic Training
Laura Darby, Psychology and Sociology
Janelle Easton, Biology
Emily Graham, Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy)
Christine Henry, Psychology and Sociology
Kathleen Hensley, Elementary Education - Middle level English
Andrea Luthi, Environmental Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish
Tiara Naputi, Communication and Spanish
Amanda Pearce, Secondary Education - Middle School Science & High School Chemistry
Jennifer Robertson, Accounting
Enilda Romero, Business Administration (International Business)
Jennifer Savage, Psychology and Sociology
Shannon Wooton, Secondary Education - Mathematics
Amy Zeller, Nursing

Mathew A. Becker, Physcis
Christopher L. Dobbs, Earth Science & Mathematics
Elizabeth J. Dorsey, History
Lauren J. Gantz, English
Curtis J. Grote, Social Sciences & Economics
Darcy A. Illk, Business Management
Stefanie L. Jacks, Elementary Education
Meaghan A. Jackson, Elementary Education, Secondary Mathematics
Kristen L. Larson, History
Jeung-Eun Lee, Nursing, Biology
M. Ali Nashatizadeh, Psychology
Amanda M. Reeves, Chemistry
Erin M. Smith, Chemistry
Bridget L. Stull, Psychology
Megan A. Williams, Physical Education & Health Education

Benjamin Lee Areheart, Biology
Kristen Michelle DeHaven, Biology and Foreign Languages
Lucila Magali Eceiza, Accounting
Mary Louise Gaetz, Theatre
Rachel Marie Goetz, Economics
Theresa Jean Holderbach, Elementary Education and Foreign Languages
Natalie Jeanne Moreau, Business Administration and Economics
Thomas Robert Resch, Chemistry
Melinda Clara Schick, Music
Sherman Robert Smith, English
Patricia A. Sutton, Elementary Education
Seth Alan Vernon, Chemistry
Molly Aspen Young, Communication

Mindy Lyn Baker, Mathematics
Samuel Herbert Barrett, Music
Erin Jeanne Carnahan, Business Administration
Ryan Hunter Diehl, English and History
Evan Harold Eusey, English
Jason Michael Kennedy, Chemistry
Racheal Deanne LeClear, Art and Foreign Languages
Leah Rene (McBride) Childers, Mathematics
Suzanne Nicole McReynolds, Foreign Languages
Stephen James Moore, Communication
Takako Otsuki, Foreign Languages
Ashley Ross, Business Administration
Sheryl Lynn Shirley, Sociology
Jason Alan Sickel, Music
Sarah (Thon) Dent, Psychology and Social Sciences

Amanda Sue Anstine, Computer Science and Mathematics
Timothy Philip Bogner, English
Melinda R. Born, English and Mathematics
Kristin Janell Brune, Biology
Sara Elizabeth Coltrane, Music
Sarah Elizabeth Crum, Chemistry
Adriane Nicole Edwards, Elementary Education
Anna Katherine Egging, English
Audrey Lynn (Feldmann) Eusey, Foreign Languages and English
Shawn Ian Jackson, Biology
Courtney Ryan Marsh, Foreign Languages
Kristen Amber Mengelkoch, Theatre
Patricia G. Smith, Psychology and Communication
Darby L. Weyer, Speech and English
Sam Joseph Wright, Theatre

Aaron Wayne Bauck, Accounting
Jennifer Marie (Coppoc) Anshutz, Marketing
Stacy Kay Fehr, Music
Marci Robyn Felbush, Elementary Education
Kimberly M. Gibson, Business Administration
Min Jung Kim, Music
Jessica Lynne LaFollette, Earth Science and Foreign Languages
Jared Dean Larson, Foreign Languages and Social Sciences
Michelle Lucille Prebyl, Biology
Anecea Stambaugh-Tubbs, Rehabilitation Services Education
Jessica Marie (Stauffer) Derbyshire, Economics
Monica Marie Stuby, Accounting
Holly Marcinda Thissen, Foreign Languages and Psychology
Cassandra Lea Vandever, Biology
Crystal Ann Wood, Physics and Chemistry

Brian Martin Albright, Mathmatics, Chemistry, and Physics
Lisa Marie Davis, Political Science
Jinny Lynn Green, Elementary Education
Muhammad Jawad Nashatizadeh, Biology
Corey Leeann Palmer, Psychology
David J. Peavler, Political Science
Justin Wayne Ramsey, Biology
Melissa (Suchy) Herrman, Biology
Amy Renee Van Sickle, Foreign Languages
Jessica Lea Burress, Psychology
Lani (Burress) Witters, Biology
Kristina Rae Magnusson, Elementary Education

Vikki L. Blakely, Psychology and Special Education
Martha Marie Bleeker, Psychology
Joseph Michael Cloutier, Computer Science and Mathematics
Joan Marie Covault, Psychology
Raymond Leonard Kallaher, Physics and Computer Science
Michael J. Koonce, English and Psychology
Jennifer Lynn Kunz, Psychology and Special Education
Michael Patrick McHugh, Marketing
John Henry Mellies, Dramatic Arts
Cynthia Dawn Price, English
Linda Sarah Rice, Biology and Foreign Language
Angela Dian Ricke, Accounting

Janet Kay Bailey, Biology
Anna Marie Bradley, English
Michelle Nicole Fisher, Foreign Language and Psychology
Erik C. Gratton, Dramatic Arts
Wendy Sue Helsel-Just, Biology
Jennifer A. Kronoshek, Dramatic Arts
Muhammad Mahdi Nashatizadeh, Biology
Ryan Neal Stucky, Accounting
Tamara Lynn (Signer) Niles, Biology
Rachel Marie Wathen, History

Sethabel L. Alvarado, Chemistry
Shane Allen Gagnebin, Psychology
Chrissa J. (Hess) Webster, English
Angela Marie (Murphy) Resch, Biology
Mackenzie Alynne Peterson, Biology
Joel T. Schaefer, Social Sciences
April Michelle Strong, Biology

Warren Bleeker, Political Science
Angela R. Cathcart, Mathematics
Bradley B. Garmon, Earth Science
Jamie M. (Jordan) Gabriel, Psychology
Amy (Lackey) Coles, Sociology
Michelle R. (Peter) Kipp, Psychology
Jennifer L. (Schon) Schwindt, Biology
Susan Renee (Ulses) Burns, Psychology and Music
Jennifer L. Weir, Chemistry
Angela M. Williams