Youth Scholarship Info!
Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association
Youth Scholarship Program for 2016

The progam's intent is to promote beekeeping opportunities for a young person and involve families in beekeeping that otherwise might not have an opportunity.

NEKBA Youth Scholarship 2016 Application & Instruction to inspire potential beekeepers and their families

due by December 31, 2015!!! (postmarked)

Official announcements will be made later in the month of January 2016.


Announcing the Beekeeping Scholarship recipients for 2014


















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Please, only  (1) application per family for consideration NEKBA or KHPA.


To educate youth in the art of beekeeping.

To promote a better understanding of the value of honeybees to our

environment and to the food chain.

To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment

through beekeeping.

To provide an avenue for youth to engage in a avocation and gain the

opportunity to pursue beekeeping as a side-line or a full-time vocation.


  1.  one-year NEKBA membership. 

  2. A beginning beekeeper seminar and text book. 

  3. A complete set of woodenware for a new bee hive. 

  4. A package of bees or nucleus colony for a starter hive. 

  5. The basic beekeeping gear :hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, and bee  smoker. 

  6. Mentoring by a NEKBA member for one year.


  • The applicant must:



    • Be between the ages of 10 and 17 by February 1st of the current year. 

    • Be a Kansas resident. Be currently enrolled in public, private, or home school.

    • Have permission to apply from a parent or guardian. 

    • Have no immediate family members that are currently beekeepers. 

    • Have a suitable location for hive placement at their residence and be willing

  • to place the hive at their residence, which is necessary for observation and

  • the best opportunity for learning and experience with honeybees. 

  • Submit application (postmarked) to NEKBA no later than December 31st of


    the current year.

We are always looking for mentors for our scholarship kids.

What should be on this mentor expectations list?

For a  good relationship both student and teacher should have a compatible style of beekeeping.  Secondly, a mentor should be able to teach well. 
Location and convenience are also important.

Requirements for the person expecting to be mentored:

  • Be a member of the association. We don't want you to go it alone. Also, we want you to come to the meetings to learn. There's valuable information in our sessions.
  •  We need you to take a class. It is an Investment in your own education.
  •  Assist your mentor. The Beekeeping mentorship is an apprenticeship model and you are trading labor for learning. It's not going to be hard labor but it will be an opportunity to learn by doing.
  • Getting the right mentor means finding a one whose philosophy and situation matches yours. If you need to ask for help on how to deal with your urban neighbors, you might not want a mentor whose experience is strictly rural. Or if you have fundamental differences on the role of pesticides, it might not be a good fit.
    • It also means finding someone within a reasonable travel distance. It's hard to drop in for a quick session when your mentor's bees are halfway across the state.
  • Remember that your mentor is an unpaid volunteer. Keep your expectations reasonable.

Requirements for the person expecting to be a mentor:

  • Be a member in good standing of NEKBA and regularly attend meetings, field days and other events.
  • Keep yourself educated on changes in bees, bee diseases and beekeeping by subscribing to a major bee journal (BeeCulture or American Bee Journal).
  • Your task is to teach not just what you do personally and believe but about other beekeeping theories.
  • Present the facts. It's okay to share your opinions but make clear which are which.
  • Open your beeyard to the mentee. Adults learn by doing. And while they can learn some in their own apiary, they can generally learn more in yours - you have more bees and more diverse situations to see.
  • You have a right to some of their help while you're working the bees but it's not slave labor, either.
  • Set reasonable expectations for yourself and your mentee.
  • If you're not the right mentor, help the new beekeeper find someone who might be a better fit.

Ms. Shelby Turner of Leavenworth, Kansas was our 2009 Youth Scholarship Winner. Click here to see an article about her in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp Newspaper!

Shelby talks about "bees" at the Leavenworth Farmers' Market

(Last updated 08/13/2015, rb)

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