HAYS, KS -- Four $5,000 Kansas Masonic Foundation fellowships have been announced by Fort Hays State University's Department of Communication Disorders.
Since 1998 the fellowships have been awarded each year to two first-year and two second-year graduate students in speech-language pathology at FHSU.
This year's recipients are first-year students Amber Koehn, Scott City, and Natalie Meier, Newton. The second-year winners are Gretchen Gillen, Hutchinson, and Jodi Hansen, Salina, 2048 Glendale.
First-year Masonic Scholars who maintain their academic standing are assured a second year of funding, making the total award worth $10,000 during the two-year master's program.
"This major award is very important to our students," said Dr. Marcia Bannister, Communication Disorders Department chair.
"We are grateful to the Kansas Masonic Foundation for recognizing the importance of speech-language pathology (SLP) by granting us funds that will help some of our best students complete their degrees and begin their careers. The professional goals of SLPs are perfectly in tune with the mission of the Kansas Masonic Foundation." The KMF motto is "Service to all mankind."
KMF Executive Director Mark Nelson adds, "The Kansas Masonic Foundation takes great pride in knowing that Fort Hays State University, through the generosity of the Masons of Kansas, are making a difference in so many lives. There is no end to what you can do for someone if you stop long enough to care."