Students who are actively involved in musical activities at Fort Hays State University -- and not just music majors -- will be eligible for a new scholarship established by Joyce Buckner, Tulsa, OK, in memory of her parents.
The Clair and Marguerite Anderson Music Scholarship will be awarded annually to students who are actively involved in the Department of Music in areas such as pep band, choir, orchestra and the other musical ensembles. Students do not need to be music majors to receive this scholarship.
The first scholarship, $1,000, will be awarded for the 2006-2007 academic year. The scholarship is endowed so the allocated earnings will be awarded each year.
"The Andersons enjoyed music their entire lives. They met in the band at FHSU and continued to make and play music far after graduation," said Ruth Heffel, director of planned giving for the FHSU Endowment Association.
"They were a proud part of the 1940 graduating class. They described their experience at FHSU as an enjoyable one and came home for alumni events as long as they could,” said Heffel. "They stayed in touch with many of their classmates and met many life-long friends during the education at FHSU."
The Andersons, who lived in Tulsa, both died last year.
"The scholarship will ever remind FHSU students, faculty and staff of their lives and their times at FHSU," said Heffel.
The FHSU Endowment Association is an independent, non-profit corporation designated by the state of Kansas to receive gifts on behalf of Fort Hays State University. The corporation qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.