Department: Athletics

Earl Sauder’s legacy continues to benefit Emporia State athletes

December 4, 2014

Ten years after a $1.25 million gift established scholarships for Emporia State student-athletes, the 2014-15 class of Earl W. Sauder Student-Athlete Scholars was honored at a luncheon on campus.

“Earl Sauder’s tremendous generosity continues to help us recruit the student-athletes we need for the kinds of programs we want to have,” said Kent Weiser, ESU director of athletics.

A longtime Emporia business leader, Sauder made his gift on Dec. 1, 2004, just two years before his death. Since then, his family has built on his legacy with their own gifts. Son Steve Sauder and his wife, Bobbi, added $500,000 to the scholarship program in July 2013.

“Steve supports Hornet Athletics in so many ways, and it’s just phenomenal” said Shane Shivley, vice president for development at the Emporia State University Foundation.

Sauder owns Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc., which broadcasts all Hornet football and basketball games. He also serves as Champion for Athletics as part of Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.

“Steve and Bobbi Sauder help us continue to grow the university and make it even more successful,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University.

Steve and Bobbi Sauder and Steve’s sister Pam Matlock of Andover attended the luncheon on Tuesday that honored the 30 recipients of Sauder scholarships. Brother Mike Sauder of San Antonio was unable to attend.

“When my mom got Alzheimer’s and went into Presbyterian Manor, the university and coaches in particular and some players became Dad’s second family,” said Steve Sauder of his father, Earl Sauder. “They filled a void for him.”

The 30 Earl W. Sauder Student-Athlete Scholars recognized Tuesday come from all 11 intercollegiate sports offered at Emporia State University. The 2014-15 Sauder scholarship recipients, their sports and majors are:

  • Shelby Buster, women’s track, nursing
  • Kaitlyn Caston, softball, business administration
  • Andrew Davids, men’s tennis, biology
  • Katie Deutschmann, volleyball, health promotion
  • Ryan Dickson, men’s track, interdisciplinary studies
  • Deveon Dinwiddie, football, interdisciplinary studies
  • Sara Dunkin, women’s track, business administration
  • Andrew Etheridge, men’s track, crime and delinquency studies
  • Jordan Foutch, soccer, information systems
  • Tawni Griffey, women’s tennis, accounting
  • Justin Harris, baseball, business administration
  • Matthew Hinkley, baseball, health promotion
  • Sophia Hayes, women’s track, health promotion
  • Price Jacobs, baseball, interdisciplinary studies
  • Carmen King, women’s track, biology
  • Dean Long, baseball, recreation
  • Payson Maydew, men’s track, accounting
  • Joshua Pedersen, men’s basketball, physics
  • Merissa Quick, women’s basketball, crime and delinquency studies
  • Keenan Smith, men’s tennis, history
  • Taylor Smith, women’s tennis, art
  • Carly Spicer, volleyball, elementary education
  • Jarrett Stastny, football, communication
  • Micah Swank, men’s basketball, health promotion
  • Shawn Talkington, baseball, biology
  • Jordan Tice, football, physical education
  • Amber Vandiver, women’s basketball, business administration
  • Austin Willis, football, health promotion
  • Brent Wilson, football, management
  • Taylor Zordel, softball, health promotion

About Now & Forever

Launched in February 2013, Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University is a five- to seven-year effort with a working goal of $45 million. It is already the most successful fund-raising initiative in University history, with financial commitments now exceeding $32.8 million.

The campaign supports student scholarships, academic departments and initiatives that advance Emporia State’s mission to recruit students, teach and retain them, encourage them to graduate with lower levels of student debt, and ultimately put them on a path to a solid career.

For more information about Now & Forever giving opportunities, contact DenaSue Potestio, Emporia State University Foundation president/CEO,, 620-341-5440.

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