Gove County students attending Fort Hays State University will benefit from a scholarship recently established at Fort Hays State University.
Wayne and Arleen (Priefert) Yale of Grainfield have established an endowed fund through the FHSU Endowment Association. The Arleen M. and Wayne W. Yale Scholarship will be invested and the allocated earnings will be awarded to graduates of Gove County high schools who are academically deserving. The first awards will be made for the 2005-2006 academic year.
Long-time residents and farmers in Gove County, the Yales wanted to help local students obtain college educations, something they did not have the opportunity to do.
Arleen had planned to attend FHSU for two years majoring in education. Pearl Harbor interrupted her college education after one year. She taught in country schools for two years and for three years at Grainfield Grade School. She was a secretary for the local cooperative for 20 years before retiring in 1988.
Wayne Yale's farm responsibilities kept him from completing his high school education. After serving in the Philippines and Japan during World War II, he returned to farming full time.
The Yales have two daughters, Lucille Williams, degree analyst for the FHSU Registrar?s Office, and Dorothy Mollenkamp, owner of Home Specialties in WaKeeney.
"This scholarship will be a wonderful assistance to many students for years to come," said Virgil Scott, president and CEO of the FHSU Endowment Association. "It is also a tribute to Arleen and Wayne and their commitment in helping Gove County students seek their college education."