Kansas Emergency
Management Association


The Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) gives out annual KEMA scholarships.

The KEMA Scholarship is intended to further the training and education of current and future Emergency Managers of Kansas by expanding their knowledge of emergency management and enhancing their ability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters.

2021 Scholarships Deadline - July 30, 2021

The Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) is pleased to announce its annual call for applications for the KEMA Scholarship! Two $400 scholarships will be awarded. The application period will be open until July 30, 2021 at 5PM. Any applications received after that time will not be eligible.  Read the updated full scholarship announcement here.

Download the 2021 scholarship application and full requirements here.

The following documentation should be included with your application:

    1. Completed KEMA Scholarship Application.
    2. Catalog or description of major/program of study and course descriptions.
    3. A 500-word letter / essay outlining their interest in the scholarship, description of academic and professional achievements, service to the community, and future goals in emergency management or a related field.
    4. Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be provided by former or current professors and / or employers. Letters may be from school administrators, teachers, civic leaders, ministers, community partners, LEPC Board members, or supervisors. Reference letters will not be considered from relatives.
    5. Current resume.
    6. Certified High School/College Transcripts.
    7. Optional: Copies of awards / certificates.
    8. Optional: Statement of financial needs, including description of how applicant is funding their education.


    This scholarship is awarded to a current KEMA Member and/or student seeking professional development or a degree in the field of emergency or disaster management. Applicants must be a resident of the State of Kansas and demonstrate the values of KEMA: professionalism, teamwork, responsiveness, and leadership. Scholarship committee members, KEMA Board Members, previous year award recipients and their families are not eligible to receive the scholarship. Applicant must obtain an overall grade point average of at least a 3.0 and at least a 3.0 on all EM / DSM coursework for undergraduate work and a 3.0 for graduate work respectively.

    If you have questions, contact KEMA Scholarship Committee Chair, David Becker at dbecker@thomascountyks.gov.

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