Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers

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nekba Scholarship program

​How to Apply for a Scholarship
To be eligible for a scholarship, download & complete the application found below.

To submit a scholarship application, follow these three steps.

1. Download (application & instruction), print, read, and complete.       

2. Print and sign the Declaration Waiver. 
3. Send the documents either as a scanned.pdf via email or USPS mail a hard-copy to:

 

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers. 

Attn: Christy Milroy  

Address: 23840 W 207th St, Spring Hill, KS 66083.


Please email or call with any questions  Email: Christy.d.milroy@sprint.com   Phone: 913-707-2003 
   

Questions about the program?  Please email or call.

Email: Christy.d.milroy@sprint.com Phone: 913-707-2003 



Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association
Contact US by ​email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association
Youth Scholarship Program for 2017/2018 

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 2018 Application & Instruction to inspire potential beekeepers and their families due by December 31, 2017!!! (postmarked). 



Official announcements will be made later in the month of January 2018. 

Please, only •  (1) application per family or organization for consideration.

​​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 county or state.
Remember that your mentor is an un-paid volunteer. Please keep 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 (class Bee Sunday) 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 student. If you're not the right mentor, help the new beekeeper find someone who might be a better fit.​

scholarship fund


The Scholarship Fund was established by the NEKBA Board in 2003 with the idea of providing monetary assistance and defraying as cost and promoting interest in helping young people discove the wonderful world of beekeeping. Through this program of providing beekeeping scholarships, we have uncovered an additional objective of bringing families together --through beekeeping!


The fund is generously replenished each year since program inception by member donations, a silent auction of items at our annual Bee Funday in June, and a regular auction at the December meeting.


Thank you to our members and team who directly or indirectly have been committed to helping families and others join in what started as a grassroots endeavor!