Fort Hays State University will begin this year's edition of its traveling scholarship series -- the Student Recognition Program -- with programs in Dodge City and Garden City on Sunday, Jan. 25, and in Great Bend on Monday, Jan. 26.
The Dodge City SRP, at 1:30 p.m. in Dodge City's Knights of Columbus, 800 Frontview West, serves students from eight Kansas counties: Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa and Meade.
The Garden City SRP, at 7 p.m. in Garden City's Plaza Hotel, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., serves students from 13 Kansas counties: Finney, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Morton, Scott, Seward, Stevens, Stanton and Wichita. Students from the southeast Colorado counties of Baca, Bent, Kiowa and Prowers will be recognized as well.
The Great Bend SRP, at 7 p.m., Jan. 26, in Great Bend's Holiday Inn, 3017 W. 10th St., serves students from seven central Kansas counties: Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Pratt, Rice, Russell, and the Rush Country cities of Stafford, Otis and Bison.
The season will continue in Holdrege, NE, on Feb. 2 and will run through March 15, ending in Beloit. Other programs will be hosted in Kansas City and Topeka on Feb. 15, Phillipsburg, Feb. 16, Wichita and Salina, Feb. 22, Colby, March 8, and Hays, March 9.
FHSU's annual SRPs have become hugely popular over the past 16 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 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.
Commerce Bank of Hays will hold a drawing for four $400 scholarships at the Hays SRP and will also give away a $400 scholarship at each of the other SRPs.
For more information, call FHSU's Alumni Association toll free at 1-888-351-3591.