KASB/NSBA Patricia E. Baker Scholarship

Administered by the NSBA Council of School Attorneys

About Pat Baker

Patricia E. Baker (1947-2009) served as staff attorney, senior legal counsel and associate executive director/general counsel of the Kansas Association of School Boards for 30 years. She was a champion for public education and a driving force behind the development of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys where she served on the board for 11 years and as chair in 1989-90. She received her J.D. with Dean’s Honors from Washburn University School of Law and served as an adjunct professor of law at Washburn for more than 15 years. Pat’s passion for education law, dedication to the education of others in the profession, and advocacy for public schools and the children they serve will be long remembered.

Purpose of the Scholarship

To honor Pat’s legacy and her contributions to the field of education law, the KASB asked the NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA) to partner with them to administer an annual scholarship in Pat’s name. The scholarship will allow a member of COSA (who could not normally attend due to financial hardship) to attend the annual School Law Seminar. The scholarship fund was started with a generous endowment from KASB, the Baker family and COSA members.

The scholarship winner will be known as the “Baker Fellow” in the year that he or she receives the award and will receive a complimentary registration and travel assistance to attend the School Law Seminar held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference and Exposition. Travel assistance may include: airfare, 2 nights’ hotel, and reimbursement of actual and reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred in compliance with NSBA’s travel reimbursement policy. Scholarship recipients must make their travel arrangements through NSBA.

Eligibility and Award Criteria

Eligible individuals

  • Must be an attorney representing public school districts and a member in good standing with their state attorneys’ council and COSA
  • Must submit a complete application for the scholarship to COSA by the appropriate deadline
  • Must demonstrate a passion for school law and the development of the profession
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to “excellence and equity” for public school children and be an advocate for public education
  • Must demonstrate professional leadership

Application Process and Deadline

Applicants for the scholarship must complete the COSA scholarship application (Information and Application Form) and send it, along with a current CV to Sonja Trainor, COSA Director at, or by regular mail at KASB/NSBA Patricia E. Baker Scholarship c/o NSBA Council of School Attorneys, 1680 Duke Street, 2nd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314. Applications for the 2018-2019 scholarship must be postmarked or received by October 19, 2018.

A committee, appointed by the COSA chair, will review applications and COSA staff will notify the scholarship recipient by December 2018.  

The scholarship recipient must make their travel arrangements through NSBA.

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