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Elberta Harris Scholarship

For graduates from Johnson County high schools

Elberta Harris of Gardner, Kansas, left more than $1.1 million to Emporia State University to support scholarships for prospective teachers enrolled in The Teachers College. The value of the award, and number of students awarded, varies each year.


Deadline: December 15

Established in 1993 by Elberta Harris, this fund will provide scholarships for students planning to become elementary or secondary education teachers in private or parochial schools. Preference will be given to those students who are graduates of Johnson County high schools.

An incoming freshman must:

  • graduate from a Johnson County high school
  • apply to ESU and plan to pursue a degree in elementary or secondary education
  • have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • have a strong record of community service
  • submit a completed application, scholarship essay, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript, and official ACT scores (ONLY if the high school does not automatically include ACT scores on the transcript) by November 15

An incoming transfer student or current ESU student must:

  • have graduated from a Johnson County high school
  • be a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours per semester) pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education
  • have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • have a strong record of community service
  • submit a completed application, scholarship essay, two letters of recommendation, and official college transcript(s) by November 15

Visit ESU's scholarship library to apply.

For more information about this scholarship, contact the Dean of The Teachers College at:

ttcdean@emporia.edu or 620-341-5367