HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University continues this year's edition of its traveling scholarship series -- the Student Recognition Programs -- with programs in Kansas City and Topeka on Sunday, Feb. 24.
The Kansas City SRP, at 1:30 p.m. in the Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf, serves students from 12 eastern Kansas counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte.
The Topeka SRP, at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., serves students from Brown, Coffey, Jackson, Jefferson, Lyon, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties.
The annual SRPs have become hugely popular over the past 14 years, drawing more than 200 students and parents at some locations. Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, gives the guests a multi-media presentation about what new students can expect when they arrive on the Hays campus. The students and their parents also have an opportunity to visit informally with administrators and faculty from Fort Hays State over the rich dessert buffets that are a popular tradition at the programs.
Perhaps most importantly, the students receive certificates for a variety of scholarships. The Miller Black and Gold Award is a renewable $1,200-a-year scholarship. Every incoming freshman who scores 29 or better on the ACT exam automatically receives this scholarship. The Hays City Silver Academic Award is a renewable $800-a-year scholarship that goes automatically to all incoming freshmen who score 24-28 on the ACT exam. The Bronze Academic Award is a $400 one-time scholarship that goes automatically to all incoming freshmen who score 21-23 on the ACT exam. Many of the students also receive departmental Award of Excellence Scholarships, which are $500, one-time awards based on a student's academic major.
The FHSU Alumni Association sponsors the events with assistance from local businesses and individuals. Emprise Bank of Hays holds a drawing for $400 scholarships at the SRPs, as it has done for the past several years.