Fort Hays State University receives grant through the SBC Excelerator Program

Twenty-one Kansas nonprofit organizations receive funds
to better serve the state?s communities through technology

For more information, contact:

Richard Shank
SBC External Affairs
(620) 665-1647

Brian Kruse
SBC Media Relations
(816) 512-2298

10/3/03 ks

HAYS, KS -- The SBC Foundation will present a $25,000 grant to Fort Hays State University on Saturday during halftime of the Homecoming football game. The grant will be used to expand the university's SBC Technology and Learning Center, which serves more than 2,500 students a year.

The grant was provided through the 2003 SBC Excelerator competitive technology grants program, which is the signature giving program of the SBC Foundation.

With this grant, Fort Hays State University will purchase nine computers and 10 laptops to provide additional networked, high-speed Internet, and e-mail access within the SBC Technology and Learning Center in Cunningham Hall on the FHSU campus. In doing so, the center will give more students the opportunity to complete homework, conduct research and receive tutorials online. This is the second grant Fort Hays State University has received from the SBC Foundation within the past year. The previous $25,000 grant, given in February, allowed the university to establish the state-of-the-art SBC Technology and Learning Center.

"FHSU and SBC have enjoyed a long partnership delivering the latest technology to our students," said Carolyn Bird, assistant athletic director and senior woman's administrator for the university. "FHSU promises 'Affordable Success' to our students in a high touch, high-tech environment. SBC grant monies make this promise a reality."

Fort Hays State University is one of 21 Kansas nonprofit organizations selected to receive a grant through the 2003 SBC Excelerator program. The SBC Foundation will award more than $200,000 to Kansas organizations this year to further projects that use advanced technology to build stronger communities throughout the state.

"SBC recognizes the critical role technology has and will continue to play in addressing economic, educational and community development, as well as quality of life issues in Kansas," said Richard Shank, director of external affairs for SBC. "Through the SBC Excelerator grant program, we're able to help Kansas nonprofit organizations benefit from the promise of technology. We're pleased to present this grant to Fort Hays State University and applaud its efforts to bring high quality educational resources to our community."

With help from 2003 SBC Excelerator grants, nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States are improving operations and their ability to serve neighborhoods through:
* Interactive, Web-based applications that support activities such as service delivery, volunteer recruiting and e-fundraising;
* Technology training programs for nonprofit staff members;
* High-speed access to the Internet and e-mail; and
* Network connectivity enabling easy sharing of database applications and information systems.

Since the introduction of SBC Excelerator, the SBC Foundation has allocated a total of $19 million to community-based organizations through national and local grants. Individual organizations received grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Collaborations by two or more organizations were considered for grants up to $50,000. SBC Excelerator grants are for one year. A complete listing of the 2003 SBC Excelerator grant recipients is available at

The SBC Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SBC Communications Inc. The SBC Foundation supports efforts that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide, particularly those with an emphasis on education and technology and those that benefit underserved populations. SBC Foundation-backed programs are designed to increase access to information technologies, broaden technology training and professional skills development, and effectively integrate new technologies to enhance education and economic development. The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Foundation Center have consistently ranked the SBC Foundation among the nation?s top five corporate foundations. In 2002, the SBC Foundation launched SBC Excelerator, a multimillion dollar competitive grants program that funds nonprofit organizations in their efforts to digitally connect communities.

SBC Communications Inc. ( is one of the world's leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through its world-class networks, SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A Fortune 30 company, SBC is America's leading provider of high-speed DSL Internet Access services and one of the nation's leading Internet Service Providers. SBC companies currently serve 56 million access lines nationwide. In addition, SBC companies own 60 percent of America's second-largest wireless company, Cingular Wireless, which serves 23 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC companies have telecommunications investments in 25 countries.

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