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Scholarships for Pre-Service Teachers

There are many scholarship opportunities for Emporia State students. Below are resources for you to learn more.

Patterson Scholarship

The Patterson Scholarship is available to education majors beginning. Learn more...


Elberta Harris Scholarship

For incoming freshmen and continuing undergraduate students who have graduated from Johnson County, Kansas. Search for "Elberta Harris" from ESU's Scholarship Library.


Future Teacher Scholarship

Each year college students can apply for scholarships from Kansas PTA. These scholarships are geared to students wanting to continue their careers as teachers in Kansas are encouraged to apply. Learn more by going to this site and scrolling until you see "Future Teacher Scholarship."


Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

Offered by the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship is a merit-based service obligation scholarship program providing financial assistance to both students pursuing bachelor's degree programs and currently licensed teachers pursuing an endorsement in hard-to-fill disciplines or master's degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach in an underserved geographic area. Look for "Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship" on this page.


TEACH Grant

A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. You will be required to teach for a certain length of time, so make sure you understand your obligation. Learn more...


Loan Cancellation/Deferment Option for Teachers

Wondering whether you can get your federal student loans forgiven or canceled for your service as a teacher? The US Department of Education and Federal Student Aid offers a Loan Cancellation/Deferment Option for Teachers. Learn more...


Breidenthal Education Scholars

The Breidenthal Education Scholars Program provides any student from Wyandotte County majoring in Elementary Education through our JCCC/ESU or KCKCC/ESU Distance Partnership Programs and carrying at least 6 credit hours with a $1,000 annual scholarship, pending available funding. If the number of eligible students exceeds the available funding, awards will go to those with the greatest financial need. To learn more, email ESUscholarships@emporia.edu. Download the application here.docx.


Salina Education Foundation’s LIFT

The Salina Education Foundation’s LIFT (Loan Initiative for Future Teachers) program provides up to $5,000 per year for Saline County students who are working on her/his initial teaching certification. Learn more...



Check out the ESU Scholarships and Grants page to find more information.