Capitol Federal® substantially upgrades Emporia State scholarship program

September 10, 2013

When Emporia State University introduces its next class of Capitol Federal® Scholars later this fall, the news will have 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, has 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.

“This fall marks the 12th year of Capitol Federal driving excellence from our students in the School of Business at Emporia State University," said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, the school’s dean.

“This generous scholarship program has assisted over 100 students financially during its existence. Many of the students who have received the Capitol Federal Scholarships while at Emporia State have gone on to exemplary professional careers,” Ogilvie said, listing Koch Industries, Ernst and Young, Grant Thornton, ConocoPhillips and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as some of the employers of Emporia State’s Capitol Federal Scholars.

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. Those students’ names will be announced later this fall.

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.”

Emporia State was the first of seven Kansas higher education institutions to partner with Capitol Federal in a scholarship program preparing business students for the challenges of the future. “I thank Capitol Federal for saying ‘yes’ to our students and for supporting and encouraging them through the Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship program,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State’s president.

Emporia State will host a luncheon recognizing its twelfth class of Capitol Federal Scholars and the new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars in November. Students earning Capitol Federal Scholars recognition at that luncheon, their majors and hometowns will include:


Morgan Flowers, Business/Financial Service, Pratt

Tawni Griffey, Accounting, Norton

Chelsea Ingram, Business Administration, Topeka

Jeana Johnson, Accounting/Business Education, Topeka

Dallas Shafer, Business Administration, Emporia


Dylan Geissert, Business Administration, Hope

Kayla Lansing, Accounting, Leavenworth

Brittany Rees, Business Administration, Emporia

Betsy Teegardin, Accounting, Emporia

Anna Zimmerman, Business Administration, Topeka


Sara Dunkin, Business Administration, Topeka

Royce Franklin, Business Administration, Wichita

Nicole Rottinghaus, Marketing, Baileyville

Mallory Walden, Management Information Systems, Wichita

Eric Wietharn, Accounting, St. Marys


Stephanie Anderson, Accounting, Emporia

Kristi Bretches, Accounting, McPherson

Brynna Demotte, Business Administration, Topeka

Lindsey Holthaus, Accounting, Topeka

Victoria Slinkard, Management, Medicine Lodge


Zach Carlson, MBA, Topeka

Kelly Copp, MBA, Auburn

Chelsie Eagleburger, MBA, Emporia

Amanda Humphrey, MBA, Emporia

Krista Saylor, MBA, Newton



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