HAYS, KS -- Thanks to the efforts of more than 500 volunteers and the generosity of 7,085 FHSU alumni, the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association exceeded the Tiger Call 2001 goal of $420,000.
The annual phonathon raised $421,039 for scholarships at the university.
"FHSU is blessed with an exceptionally dedicated family of faculty, staff, students, donors and alumni," said Virgil Scott, president and CEO of the Endowment Association.
"All of these people have a personal commitment to helping the university achieve its full potential, and it takes all of them to have such a successful fundraiser."
FHSU administration, department chairs, faculty, students and staff volunteered to call alumni between Oct. 14 and Nov. 15, 2001. Volunteers were rewarded with food and prizes provided by local businesses and restaurants. Dr. Paul Phillips, chair of the Geosciences Department, won a grand prize vacation to Cattail Creek Inn in Loveland, CO, while Rebecca Blocksome, Ransom senior, won a weekend getaway for two in Denver. The recipient of the $250 Tiger Call Scholarship was Cassie Belmear, Caldwell sophomore.
Co-chairs for Tiger Call '01 were Dr. Mary Hassett, chair of the Department of Nursing, and Dr. Carrol Haggard, chair of the Department of Communication.
"We are very grateful to Dr. Hassett and Dr. Haggard for their dedication," Scott said. "Their energy and commitment were vital to the success of this year's phonathon."