Alumni and friends of Fort Hays State University remain staunch supporters of education at Fort Hays State University even in challenging economic times. The FHSU Endowment Association received $3,719,970 in pledges and contributions for the 2003 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Contributions in FY 2002 totaled $3,689,646.
Contributions came from several major sources.
Annual gifts under $10,000 totaled $1,271,344 Three major events mark the annual giving campaign: Tiger Call Alumni Phonathon, FHSU Campus Drive and FHSU Community Drive.
Dr. Carrol Haggard, chair of the Department of Communication, and Dr. Tom Newton, chair of the Department of Teacher Education, served as chairs for Tiger Call,
More than 600 volunteer callers raised $458,485 for scholarships.
The FHSU Campus Drive brought in more than $64,000. The Campus Drive Leadership Committee, made up of 16 members from the FHSU campus community, worked to reach all current and retired faculty and staff members and raise funds for scholarships and departmental projects.
Belinda DeWerff, Commerce Bank, and Lonny Claycamp, Insurance Planning Inc., served as chair and vice chair of the annual FHSU Community Drive. A 96-member volunteer force raised more than $224,000 from area businesses.
Estate gifts and bequests brought in $1,607,682, in FY 2003, up 33 percent from 2002.
"We had a good fundraising year," said Virgil Scott, president and CEO of the FHSU Endowment Association. "Our alumni and friends remain loyal and generous, even in difficult times. That is a wonderful testament to their faith in the university and its educational mission."