Traveling all over the state and to parts of Nebraska, representatives of Fort Hays State University will once again start the annual traveling scholarship series -- the Student Recognition Program -- in Goodland on Monday, Jan. 24.
The Goodland SRP begins at 7 p.m. MST (8 p.m. CST) at the Northwest Kansas Technical College Memorial Union, 1008 E. 15th St. It serves students from six Kansas counties -- Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sherman, Thomas, Wallace and Logan; six Nebraska counties -- Chase, Dundy, Perkins, Hayes, Hitchcock and Keith; and three counties in Colorado -- Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne. Larry McCants, 1971 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
Two SRPs are scheduled Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Garden City in the Wheat Lands Hotel, 1311 E. Fulton St., and in Dodge City at 7 p.m. at the Dodge House Hotel, 2408 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. Jessica Bird, 1998 and 2002 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
Garden City covers 13 Kansas counties, Greeley, Wichita, Scott, Lane, Hamilton, Kearny, Finney, Stanton, Grant, Haskell, Morton, Stevens and Seward, and four counties in Colorado, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca. Dodge City covers eight Kansas counties, Hodgeman, Gray, Ford, Edwards, Kiowa, Meade, Clark and Comanche. Jim Groth, 1986 and 1989 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
The fourth SRP of the year is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in Hill City at the Bison Lodge, 2649 280th Ave. The Hill City SRP serves six counties in Kansas, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Sheridan, Graham and Gove as well as the towns of Stockton and Palco. Melissa Atkins, 1995 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
The Great Bend SRP, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the Highland Hotel and Convention Center, 3017 W. 10th St., and will serve students from seven counties, Russell, Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Stafford, Pawnee and Pratt, and the towns of Otis and Bison. Leonard Bunselmeyer, 1971, 1983 and 1996 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
Beloit's SRP is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Beloit Junior/Senior High School, 1711 Walnut Street and will serve students from eight Kansas counties -- Smith, Jewell, Republic, Washington, Mitchell, Cloud, Clay and Lincoln, and two Osborne County towns, Osborne and Downs. Four counties in Nebraska will also have students at the SRP, Nuckolls, Thayer, Clay and Jefferson. Jay Rowh 1969 and 1975 FHSU graduate, and Rita Rowh, 1969 and 1978 FHSU graduate, will be the local alumni contacts for the reception.
SRPs in Wichita and Salina are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20. Wichita's will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Hotel at Old Town Conference, 210 N. Mosley. Students from Barber, Reno, Kingman, Harper, Harvey, Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler, Cowley, Greenwood, Elk, Chautauqua, Woodson, Wilson, Montgomery, Neosho, Labette, Crawford and Cherokee counties will have the chance to attend the SRP. Tara Morrow, 1995 FHSU graduate, will be the local alumni contact for the reception.
Salina's SRP is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Salina Country Club, 2101 E. Country Club Drive and will serve students from Ottawa, Saline, McPherson, Dickinson, Marion, Geary, Morris and Chase counties.
SRPs in Kansas City and Topeka are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27. Kansas City's begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf, and will serve students from Leavenworth, Douglas, Johnson, Franklin, Miami, Anderson, Linn, Allen, Bourbon, Atchison, Doniphan and Wyandotte counties. Mardy Robinson, 1998 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
The Topeka SRP is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., and will serve the students from the counties of Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon, Osage, Coffey, and Jefferson. Greg Akagi will be the local contact for the Topeka reception.
In Holdrege, NE, the SRP is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Holdrege Country Club for students from 14 counties in Nebraska: Buffalo, Furnas, Gosper, Adams, Red Willow, Dawson, Harlan, Phelps, Frontier, Lincoln, Franklin, Kearney, Hall, and Webster. Jeff Gross, 1992 FHSU graduate, will be the local alumni contact for the reception.
The final SRP is scheduled for Hays at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the FHSU Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. It serves students from three counties, Ellis, Trego and Ness as well as the towns of Plainville, Natoma and LaCrosse. The FHSU Alumni Association will host the reception.
Over the past 17 years FHSU's annual SRPs have become more and more popular bringing anywhere from 100 to 300 students and parents to the event depending upon the location.
University President Edward H. Hammond gives guests a multimedia presentation about what students can expect when they arrive at FHSU. Students and their parents will also have a chance to visit with administrators and faculty from campus over the rich dessert buffets that are a popular tradition at the programs.
As a part of the evening's events, students will receive certificates for a variety of scholarships that have been awarded at FHSU. The Miller Black and Gold Award is a renewable, $1,200-a-year scholarship. Incoming freshmen who score 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 is given to incoming freshmen who score 24-28 on the ACT.
The Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award is a $400, one-time scholarship that is given to incoming freshmen who score 21-23 on the ACT exam. Many of the students also receive departmental Award of Excellence Scholarships. These are $500, one-time awards based upon a student's academic major.
The FHSU Alumni Association, Commerce Bank and the Office of Admissions sponsor the SRP events. Commerce Bank of Hays will also hold a drawing for a $400 scholarship at each of the SRPs.
For more information, call the FHSU Office of Admissions at 1-800-628-FHSU. For information on contacting alumni sponsors of SRP receptions, contact the FHSU Alumni Association at (785) 628-4430.