Announcing the 2017 Westar Energy STEM Innovation Awards

Westar Energy, in partnership with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) and Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), announces the fourth round in the Westar Energy STEM Innovation Award. These awards support K-12 educators and school leaders in their efforts to develop, improve or expand innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  

Three $3,000 awards will be granted this year to support innovative programs that strive to increase student interest and academic achievement in the STEM disciplines as applied to electrical energy. Deadline for proposals is July 14, 2017. A selection committee, composed of personnel from Westar Energy, KASB and KSDE will select the winning applicants. Awards will be announced August 7, 2017, and checks presented by Sept. 1, 2017.

KASB will again be the point of contact for submitting awards, and will feature award winners at our annual conference in December in Wichita. Recipients must be a member of KASB and every effort must be made by recipients to attend the award presentations during the annual conference. 

Please take a few minutes and consider staff members you think would be great candidates for these awards. 

Areas of Greatest Interest?

Projects and programs that...
  • Focus on electrical production and conservation in Kansas.
  • Improve, advance and enrich student learning while growing their interest in STEM.
  • Spark interest in STEM disciplines among students from non-traditional or underrepresented groups (i.e. ethnic minority and female students).
  • Support student application of classroom STEM knowledge to practical applications.
Important reminder!
  • Clearly explain how the items requested for funding are vital to the project’s successful completion.
  • Clearly articulate a plan to complete the projects during the coming academic year. 
What is not supported by this grant:
  • Salaries or compensation for outside speakers, guest presenters or any school personnel.
  • School laboratory supplies or equipment for general school use.
  • Media equipment (computers, cameras, DVD players, white boards).
  • Projects that require multiple academic years for completion.
  • Admissions fees and stipend for conference, workshops or competitions.
  • Transportation, incentives, meals and refreshments.
  • Previously funded projects from past winners. 

Westar Energy, the leading electric utility in the Midwest, is dedicated to developing human capital within the communities we serve.  Specifically, we are developing partnerships that allow us to invest in our workforce – both current and future.  As a part of this effort, we have partnered with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) to create the “Westar Energy STEM Innovation Award.” 

2017 Award Timeline

  • April 24, 2017 – RFP issued
  • July 14, 2017– Proposal deadline
  • August 7, 2017 – Awards announced
  • September 1, 2017 – Award checks presented to recipients
  • December 2, 2017 – KASB Annual Conference Session Presentation/Awards Recognition

Download the interactive pdf application form HERE or click image below:


Please note: KASB may take photographs of participants, attendees and guests during the KASB Annual Conference for use in marketing or promotional materials or news publications. This includes publication of the photograph with names on the website and through the Association's social media accounts. It is the responsibility of the school district to notify KASB in writing if a student's picture and/or name cannot be released. Please send notification to Carol Pitts, KASB Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Public Relations,

2016 Westar Energy STEM Innovation Awards

2016 Awards Announced (Media Release July 2016)

Full list of award recipients, honorable mentions and applicants: 2016 Westar Grants.

Recipients were recognized during the first general session on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. The three award winners presented breakout sessions that afternoon.