Previous Winners
Heartland Credit Union is pleased to offer the CASH (Celebrate Academic Success with HCU) Grant. HCU was established in 1948 with a charter signed by seven progressive Hutchinson area teachers. They wanted to offer their fellow educators a better financial option for their hard work. Today, we're still firmly rooted in our founding principles and continue to focus on service to people and our communities. The CASH grant program originated from a desire to give added support to our member-teachers.


  • Applications accepted from August 15th until October 15th; All submissions will receive confirmation notice.
  • All submissions must be approved by the school Principal
  • ALL applicants MUST be a current member of HCU; this includes ALL Members of an applicant group.
  • Membership may be opened anytime prior to submitting an application.
  • CASH Grants are for educators who teach at any K-12 Kansas school; private or public.
  • Grant amounts range from $25 to $400.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per teacher; recipients will not be eligible for a grant in a consecutive year.
  • Applicants agree to have their name and grant project listed on HCU's web site and other communications.
  • Grants are selected based on educational benefit and awarded in mid-December.

CASH Grants are funded entirely by Heartland Credit Union. Thank you for the many contributions you make to the young people of our community. We look forward to supporting your program!


Take a look at our recipients' winning grant projects. If you know a teacher who could benefit from this program, please pass this information on to them. They could be one of the next recipients!

2017 CASH Grant Recipients   

Name School Project Name Grade

C. Ediger Circle Benton Elementary - Wichita K-6 STEM K-6th
C. Stockton Wiley Elementary - Hutchinson Flocabulary 3rd
C. Aumiller Hutchinson Middle School All About the Benjamins 8th
D. Lafferty Hesston Elementary Social Emotional Resources K-4th
J. Comer Buhler High School Google Virtual Reality Viewfinders 9th-10th
J. Ediger Graber Elementary School - Hutchinson Creating Wonder 4th
L. Henderson Reno Valley Middle School Etiquette Day 8th
L. Zachary Buhler High School Fitness Cru Connections 9th-12th
M. Malone Hutchinson Middle School Science Fair 8th
S. Nicks Morgan Elementary - Hutchinson Kindness Rock Project K-6th
S. Mendenhall Buhler High School Buhler CHOP 9th-12th
S. Black Pray-Woodman Elementary - Sedgwick, KS Daily Math Review for Long Term Mastery 2nd-5th
T. Elkinton Hutchinson High School Fit Salthawks for Life 9th-12th

2016 CASH Grant Recipients   

Name School Project Name Grade

L. Vierthaler Haven Grade School iPads for Learning Kindergarten
M. Bryant South Hutchinson Elementary Notebooks 2nd Grade
V. Wilkinson Prairie Hills Middle School Prairie Biodiversity Investigations 7th Grade
C. Mourn Faris Elementary Sit Spot, Sit! Spatial Management K-6th
R. Hedrick The Early Education Center Raised Garden Beds Pre-K
A. Thompson Hutchinson Middle School STEM Day/Team Building 7th Grade
T. Burrow Mueller Elementary Standing Desks 7th-8th
S. Augustine Buhler High School Independent Living Skills 9th-12th
R. Napier Haven Grade School Museum of World Treasures 6th
S. Roepka Haven Grade School Moving to Music K-6th
J. Parsons Central Christian School Family Reading Night K-5th
S. Russell Hutchinson Middle School Straw Rocket Launcher 7th
K. Styes Lincoln Elementary Munching on Math 4th
S. Papenfuss Plum Creek Elementary Writing Projects 2nd

2015 CASH Grant Recipients    

Name School Project Name Grade

A. Carithers Hutchinson High School Picture This! Hamlet 12th
R. Hill Graber Elementary Global Read Aloud 3rd
H. Kerschen Mulvane High School Fitbit Step/Sleep Tracker 9th-12th
J. Higginbotham Chanute Elementary Learning Through Growing 4th
A. Allen & J. Mencl Avenue A Elementary Playing Outside the Screen! K-1st
V. Hornbaker Partridge Grade School 3D Vocabulary Goes to Paris 4th
B. Loop Faris Elementary Centers for Learning 5th-6th

2014 CASH Grant Recipients     View 2014 CASH Grant Proposals

 Name School  Project Name  Grade

V. Wilkinson McCandless Elementary No Lefties Left Out 4th-6th
P. Whiteford Hutchinson High School Ten Time 11th
J. Ediger Graber Elementary Visual Aids 3rd
R. Jackson Community School of Hutch STEM THROUGH LAB ENRICHMENT K-6th
R. Napier Haven Grade School Museum of World Treasures 6th
J. Patterson Hutchinson High School Time Value of Money  10th-12th
D. Burkhart Plum Creek Elementary Learning Stations 2nd
S Papenfuss Plum Creek Elementary Science and Reading 2nd
D.Hewitt-Ferguson  Morgan Elementary World Drumming  5th-6th
K. Perrone Allen STEM Dic-tion-ary: A DAILY TOOL! 5th
T. Clark Hutchinson High School Dance and Move 9th-12th
J. Pence Graber Elementary Sensory Needs 2nd-6th
H. Hirt Shirley J. Hutcherson Center Natural Playscape Pre-K
S. Roepka Haven Grade School Let's Get Physically Active K-6th
K. Styes Lincoln Elementary Healthy Choices 10th

2013 CASH Grant Recipients     View 2013 CASH Grant Proposals

 Name School  Project Name  Grade

J. Beltz Haven Grade School Balance/Therapy Balls K-6th
C. Kincaid Haven Grade School Classroom Listen Center K
P. Johnston Faris Elementary Look! My Own Book! 1st-3rd
C. Wardlaw Trinity Catholic Jr/Sr High Understanding the Giver 7th
K. Herrel Transitional Learning Center Science Lab 3rd-12th
M. Law Haven Grade School  Music Literacy Rug  K-6th 
S. Horning  Hutchinson Magnet School/Allen  Leo Mosaic  4th-6th 
M. McDaniel  Roosevelt Elementary  Technology in Preschool Preschool
M. Newboles  Holy Cross Catholic School  Reading Center  2nd
D Gresham  Trans-net  Hot Ideas  Young adult

  2012 CASH Grant Recipients     View 2012 CASH Grant Proposals

 Name School  Project Name  Grade

S. Ensz Graber Elementary Sets of Class Books 5th 
J. Smith STEM Magnet School at Allen Grow to Know-A Plant K-6th
S. Burlie Graber Elementary Growing Outdoor Classroom Pre K-6th 
J. Ediger Graber Elementary Math Tools 3rd
N. Birgen Graber Elementary Elementary Fit Clubs K-6th

2011 CASH Grant Recipients     View 2011 CASH Grant Proposals

 Name School  Project Name  Grade

S. Conner Haven Grade School Everybody's doing the Geo Motion K-6th 
C. Block HMS 7 Social Stories 6th-9th
D. Schneider Morgan Elementary iPad for ESL Enhanced Learning 9th 
K.Curry Graber Elementary Math Tools 2nd
K. Jenkins Morgan Elementary Science in Natures K
H Eschliman Graber Elementary iPads Maximize Comm. & Learning K-6th
S. Horning Graber & HMS at Allen 6th Grade Art Finalist show/trip 6th 
J. Cutting Chisholm Middle School I can with an iPad 7th-8th 
P. Anderson Santa Fe 5/6 Center Tailoring Technology for Individual 5th-6th
S. Landrum Newton High School i-Pod for communication 9th-12th

2010 CASH Grant Recipients     View 2010 CASH Grant Proposals

 Name School  Project Name  Grade

S. Gauthier Faris Elementary School Smart Document Camera  4th 
T. Corcoran Graber Elementary School Literature Circles  5th 
H. Marcoux  Lincoln & Faris Elementary  iPadding to eLiminate Bullying  3rd-6th 
C. Knox  Hutchinson High School  No Time For Breakfast? 9th-12th 
M. Garcia  Hutchinson High School  Medicine Ball Strength Trainings 6th-12th 
J. Davis  Hutchinson High School  Tracking Slope  9th-11th 
D. Spence  Hutchinson Middle School  Wii R What Wii Eat  7th-8th 
M. McKinnell  Reno Valley Middle School  You, Me and Wii 7th-8th 
L. Rose  Wiley Elementary School  iPad for Autism  K-3rd 
C.J. Smalley  Faris Elementary School  Reading Without Boundaries  3rd 
S. Meggers  Hutchinson High School  Learning Styles and Mathematics  9th-12th 
P. Whiteford Hutchinson High School  Reading Reach  11th