Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization


Deadline: May 1


  • Epsilon Sigma Phi, through the ESP Development Fund, has established this scholarship to promote professional development and encourage institutions to establish new or re-establish inactive ESP Chapters. 
  • Attendance at a National ESP conference is seen as supporting a Chapter at risk, and may be part of the actions suggested in the National ESP Handbook, Section E.
  • The scholarship is to be used to defray the cost of attending the National ESP Conference. 
  • Two scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded.   



  • Eligible recipients include Extension professionals affiliated with Land Grant institutions where there are 5 or less active ESP members. (A list of eligible institutions may be available from the SGR Chairman.)
  • Applicants do not have to be ESP members at the time of application but are expected to join the fraternity as a result of this award. Extension professionals that have not attend the National ESP Conference in the past 5 years may apply.  Applicants may be active ESP or Life members.
  • Recipients must agree to attend the entire National ESP Conference.

Judging criteria:


Properly completed application and support letters 

5 points

Applicant’s Impact on Extension programs:

Involved with concerns & interests of fellow Extension employees & clientele

20 points

Resources obtained for Extension programs: cooperators, volunteers, special funds, etc.

10 points

Innovative methods used and results of Extension programming

20 points

Special honors / recognition

 5 points

Professional Development Plan

Describe how your attendance at the Conference will assist you with educating Extension employees and clientele

20 points

Future professional leadership objectives including plans to establish a new chapter or re-invigorate an ESP Chapter at risk (See Sec. E in Handbook) .  

20 points

Total Points

100 points


Application procedure:

  • Complete the Chapter At Risk Scholarship Application form found on the ESP website.
  • Responses to questions is limited to the number of characters specified in each section or box.
  • Statement of support required from immediate supervisor or ESP Chapter President if applicant is an active member (not required for Life members).
  • Submit online application and statement of support no later than May 1.


Selection Process:

  • The ESP Scholarships, Grants and Recognition Committee will review applications and submit selection recommendations to the National ESP Board.
  • Regional representation will be considered; however, discretion will be used depending on the number and quality of applications.
  • Decisions will be announced by the National ESP President by July 1.

Reimbursement Procedure: 

  • Upon completion of the ESP Conference, scholarship recipient will forward to the ESP Executive Director:
  • Request for scholarship payment using online form found on the ESP website. 
  • Provide a brief summary report to State’s Extension Director, Chapter President & National ESP office for possible use in ESP Newsletters.

To submit an application, click here

To request scholarship payment, click here.  

Epsilon Sigma Phi is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization.

55 Walton Place Drive
Newnan, GA 30263

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