Capitol Federal® substantially upgrades Emporia State scholarship program


Capitol Federal ScholarsWhen Emporia State University introduced its next class of Capitol Federal® Scholars in December, the news had an even sweeter ring for the students selected for the scholarship award. 

That’s because the scholarship’s benefactor, the Topeka-based Capitol Federal® Foundation, doubled its commitment to the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund for this academic year at Emporia State, granting $80,000 for student scholarships. 

“I am so grateful not only for Emporia State’s partnership with the Capitol Federal Foundation, but also for CapFed’s philanthropic leadership in Kansas,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/ CEO. 

The Capitol Federal Scholars program targets high-achieving students in Emporia State’s School of Business, rewarding them with scholarships for their academic performance. Each scholarship is renewable annually, meaning a student who earns the scholarship as a freshman will remain eligible through graduate school as long as he or she maintains the required minimum 3.25 GPA. 

“The Capitol Federal scholarship has allowed me to pursue my business degree and career aspirations while pushing me to further excel in my academics,” said Mallory Walden, a junior from Wichita majoring in Management Information Systems. “I am able to receive an outstanding education with help from CapFed and I am so grateful for that,” said Walden, a three-year recipient of Capitol Federal scholarship recognition. 

Two more Capitol Federal Scholars see the multi-year program as an incentive to continue their hard work. “Not only has the scholarship helped financially, but it also has been a motivator to maintain a high level of success in my college education,” said Eric Wietharn, a junior Accounting major from St. Marys. 

As a senior, Kristi Bretches has received Capitol Federal scholarship money each of her four years at Emporia State. “To me, the scholarship acts as a reward for all of the hard work I put in during the school year and it gives me extra motivation to continue doing well in my college education,” said Bretches, an Accounting major. 

A new component of the Capitol Federal partnership with Emporia State is creation of a scholarship program for student-athletes. The new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund will award scholarships to one or more male student-athletes and one or more female student-athletes each year. 

John Dicus, chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank, described his company’s longstanding support for education this way: “Education has a ripple effect, being the key to a person’s success, leading to the strength and development of the community. Knowing education makes such a difference, we continue to support the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund and the newly created Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund offered to Emporia State University students.” 

Students earning Capitol Federal Scholars recognition at that luncheon include: 


Morgan Flowers, Pratt; Tawni Griffey, Norton; Chelsea Ingram, Topeka; Jeana Johnson, Topeka; Dallas Shafer, Emporia 


Dylan Geissert, Hope; Kayla Lansing, Leavenworth; Brittany Rees, Emporia; Betsy Teegardin, Emporia; *Amber Vandiver, Emporia; Anna Zimmerman, Topeka 


Sara Dunkin, Topeka; Royce Franklin, Wichita; Nicole Rottinghaus, Baileyville; Mallory Walden, Wichita; Eric Wietharn, St. Marys 


Stephanie Anderson, Emporia; Kristi Bretches, McPherson; Brynna Demotte, Topeka; Lindsey Holthaus, Topeka; *Neil Shortell, Emporia; Victoria Slinkard, Medicine Lodge 


Zach Carlson, Topeka; Kelly Copp, Auburn; Chelsie Eagleburger, Emporia; Amanda Humphrey, Emporia; Krista Saylor, Emporia 

* Capitol Federal Athletic Scholar