Kate Nitzken, Branch President
9907 Winged Foot Drive
Louisville, KY 40223 email:email@example.com
To register for upcoming events, please contact:
6600 Eastwind Way
Crestwood, KY 40014
Scholarships for UK Study
The ESU-KY will award a limited number of scholarships to qualified Kentucky college students, and Kentucky middle and high school teachers, for courses offered at institutions in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2024. Selections are held in the Fall every year for the next summer.
The Kentucky Branch of the ESU is proud of the scholars who will be attending courses at Edinburgh University in Scotland. A small celebratory tea was held at the Audubon Country Club on April 24, socially distanced of course. Those in attendance included Scholar Scott Wilson Randolph (University of Louisville), Lyon's Scholar and Grace Brogan (Thomas More University), Everett Scholar, who will be taking courses on Scottish Literature and Text and Context Modernism in Scotland, respectively. Scholar teachers in attendance this year were Beth Ewing (Oxford University) and Cana Hibpshman (The Globe). Since Cambridge and the Globe have limited or no access, those scholarships will be held over to 2022.
Many cudos to Dr. Lancaster and Dr. Scharre for accomplishing these two scholarships for 2021. It is impossible to imagine the hurdles it took for these two to go to Scotland considering quarantining and the flexibility to change from one course to another that will actually be taught in person. Whew!
It is to be hoped that next year we will have a traditional Queen's Tea for the launching of our Kentucky Scholars, 2022. You will be invited to attend – we hope without distancing involved.
Please watch for more details on our 2022 ESU-KY Branch Christmas party to be held at the Big Springs Country Club on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. We are so excited to be able to celebrate together again!
Message From Kentucky Branch President
The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU US) is a non-profit, non-political, educational service organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. The Kentucky Branch is a vibrant, active organization with a devoted focus on enabling student and teacher scholars to study in the United Kingdom and promoting scholarship with students from our state.
The Kentucky Branch
The Kentucky Branch of the ESU was chartered in 1923 by local business and civic leaders. In the 1960's Mr. Josh Everett took the task of expanding the organization in Kentucky and served many years in that leadership role. Notable branch presidents included Mr. Barry Bingham, Sr. and later Mr. Keith Runyon, Forum Editor for the Courier Journal. In 1960 Norman McKenna was the first scholar sent by the Kentucky Branch to study in the United Kingdom. Dr. McKenna served as Branch President from 1992-94. Since 1964, over 500 Kentucky teachers and college students have been awarded scholarships by the Kentucky Branch. The current President is Mrs. Kate Scharre Nitzken, NBCT, who was a past ESU scholar teacher selected in 2009 to study Teaching Shakespeare through Performance at Shakespeare's New Globe Theater in London.
Current activity in the branch includes the annual sponsorship of university and teacher scholars to study abroad through the ESU TLab Program, the annual high school student Shakespeare Competition, and numerous events and activities designed to engage our membership. We salute all past scholars from our state who have studied at many universities and educational institutions. The Kentucky Branch is an active and vibrant chapter and we welcome new members to all activities.
Kate S. Nitzken, NBCT
President, ESU Kentucky Branch
Gene Paul Stotz
Gene was a long time member of the Kentucky Branch, English Speaking Union. He served on the Scholarship Committee since 2003 and was a sponsor of several scholarships over his years of service to the Kentucky Branch. Gene was a member of the Audubon Park Garden Club and one of the founding members of Jeff-Clark Preservation. Gene was an elementary school art teacher for the greater Clark County Schools in Indiana until he retired. He was a lifelong member of Salem United Church of Christ, where he served previously as president. He was a volunteer at Southeast Area Ministries (SEAM). Gene was 72.
Gene is survived by many loving family members and friends who will miss him dearly.
Samuel Norman McKenna
A loving donation, in memory of long time member Samuel Norman McKenna, has been made to the Kentucky Branch Scholarship Fund, by Ms. Emily Maxwell. Thoughts of Norman will always be treasured by the Kentucky Branch!
The ESU-KY branch is saddened at the passing of long time member William Pfingst Carrell, age 84, of Louisville, KY.
Mr. Carrell was a member of a family of illustrious military background and was an accomplished athlete. He was a third
generation member of the prestigious Pendennis Club in Louisville and was an avid supporter of all things relating to history.