Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History recently received a two-year grant for $112,500 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The IMLS is a federal grant-making agency, located in Washington, DC, that fosters leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries.
Out of 839 applicants, Sternberg received one of 179 general operating support grants given in 2002. The amount given to Sternberg Museum is the maximum awarded to any of the applicants.
"General operating support grants are only given to museums that have the highest approval rating of their peers," said Dr. Robert S. Martin, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "A museum must excel in every aspect of its operations, from collections' care to public outreach. Today's recipients are, indeed, the very best museums in the nation."