Fort Hays State University will conclude this year's edition of its traveling scholarship series -- the Student Recognition Program -- with programs in Phillipsburg, Colby, Hays and Beloit.
The Phillipsburg SRP, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Phillipsburg's Huck Boyd Community Center, 860 Park St., serves students from four northern Kansas counties: Graham, Norton, Phillips and Smith as well as the cities of Stockton and Palco in Rooks County. Greg Koelsch, 1999 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni contact for the reception.
The Colby SRP, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8, in Colby's City Limits Convention Center, 2227 S. Range, serves students from nine Kansas counties: Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace. Students from the Colorado counties Cheyenne and Kit Carson and the Nebraska counties Chase, Dundy, Hayes and Hitchcock are invited as well.
The Hays SRP, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union on the FHSU campus, serves students from two central Kansas counties: Ellis and Trego and the cities of LaCrosse in Rush County, Natoma in Osborne County, Plainville in Rooks County and Ransom in Ness County. The FHSU Alumni Association will host the ceremony and students will be welcomed by student alumni upon their arrival.
The Beloit SRP, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, at Beloit High School, 1711 Walnut, serves students from seven northern Kansas counties: Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Republic and Washington and the city of Downs in Osborne County. Students from the Nebraska counties Clay, Jefferson, Nuckolls and Thayer are invited as well. Jay Rowh, 1969 and 1975 FHSU graduate, and Rita Rowh, 1969 and 1978 FHSU graduate, will be the local alumni contacts for the reception.
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. 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.