- Applications for grants and scholarship open April 15
- Community leaders say Westar plan does little for those most impacted by utility poles
Westar Energy, an Evergy company, announced the establishment of a $1 million fund at the Wichita
Community Foundation (WCF) to serve residents in ZIP codes 67208, 67214 and 67219.
Grants from the Evergy Community Investment Fund at WCF will go to nonprofits with a focus on two key areas: community and environment enhancement and youth enrichment and development.
The company has also announced a $250,000 scholarship program, serving students living in the three
ZIP codes who are seeking post-secondary degrees and certifications. This endowed scholarship fund will provide scholarships in perpetuity.
Criteria for the Evergy Community Investment Fund were developed by the Evergy Community Investment Advisory Board that was formed in response to the community’s complaint about the large electrical transmission lines installed last fall in 67214. The board, comprised of 14 people who live, work and/or serve in Wichita’s District 1, were tasked with suggesting ways Westar could “give back” in response to the polls which property owners and community leaders felt negatively impacted property value and the community’s environment.
Applications for the grants and scholarships open April 15.
The grants, which will range from $5,000 to $100,000, will extend through the next five years. Receiving nonprofits must be based in, or have a chapter or office, in Sedgwick County, and serve residents of ZIP codes 67208, 67214 and 67219. The application closing date for this year closes on June 17 at noon.
The scholarship program, administered by WCF, will award 10 $1,000 scholarships annually to students who live in ZIP codes 67208, 67214 and 67219. These awards can be applied to tuition, books or fees for
post-secondary education, including technical education and two- or four-year colleges or universities
throughout the U.S. Consideration for the scholarship will be given to students exhibiting leadership,
Scholarship applications are due by May 15 at noon.
To apply, go to wichitacf.org.