The Fort Hays State University chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society has received a $160 chapter project grant award, which will help the chapter sponsor an author for the Young Readers' Conference.
The grant provides financial assistance for chapters to develop creative and original projects. This year, more than a dozen awards were given with amounts ranging from $100 to $250.
FHSU's Mortar Board chapter will use the grant to help bring six authors, illustrators and poets to Hays for the ninth Young Readers' Conference, scheduled for Oct. 20-21, 2006.
"It costs about $1,000 to secure one author plus the cost of travel, lodging and meals," said Dr. Beth Walizer, assistant professor of teacher education, co-coordinator of the Young Readers' Conference and the chapter's junior sponsor. "We want to bring in six authors, so every little bit helps."
Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.