Fort Hays State University begins this year's edition of its traveling scholarship series -- the Student Recognition Program -- with a program in Hill City on Monday, Jan. 27.
The Hill City SRP, at 7 p.m. in Hill City's Elks Lodge, East Highway 24, serves students from six Kansas counties: Decatur, Gove, Graham, Norton, Phillips, and Sheridan. Students from Stockton High School and Palco High School in Rooks County are invited as well. Melissa Atkins,1995 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni organizer for the reception.
FHSU's annual SRPs have become hugely popular over the past 15 years, drawing more than 200 students and parents at some locations. FHSU President Edward H. Hammond gives guests a multimedia presentation about what new students can expect when they arrive on the campus. Students and their parents also have an opportunity to visit informally with Fort Hays State's administrators and faculty over the rich dessert buffets that are a popular tradition at the programs.
The most important part of the evening is when the students receive certificates for a variety of scholarships they have been awarded. The Miller Black and Gold Award is a renewable $1,200-a-year scholarship. Every incoming freshman who scores a 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 automatically 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 automatically given to all 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 sponsors the SRP events with assistance from local businesses and individuals. Emprise Bank of Hays holds several drawings for $400 scholarships at the SRPs, as it has done for the past several years.