Thousands of dollars in scholarships -- and a laptop computer -- will be given away Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Garden City edition Fort Hays State University's annual Student Recognition Program traveling scholarship series.
The Garden City SRP, at 2:30 p.m. in the Plaza Hotel, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., serves students from 13 Kansas counties: Finney, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Morton, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita; and four Colorado counties: Baca, Bent, Kiowa and Prowers.
Josh and Jeanine Biera, Garden City, 1992 and 1993 FHSU graduates, respectively, are the local alumni organizers for the reception. The SRPs are sponsored by the FHSU Alumni Association and Commerce Bank of Hays.
FHSU's annual SRPs have become hugely popular over the past 15 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's 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. These scholarships are the Miller Black and Gold Award, the Hays City Silver Academic Award, the Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award and the Copper Award.
The Miller Black and Gold Award is a renewable, $1,200-a-year scholarship. Every incoming freshman who scores a 28 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 24-27 on the ACT.
The Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award is a one-time, $700 scholarship given to incoming freshmen who score 22 or 23 on the ACT exam, and the Copper Award is a one-time $500 scholarship for incoming freshmen who score a 21 on the ACT.
Many of the students also receive departmental Award of Excellence scholarships. These are one-time, $500 awards based on a student's academic major.
High school seniors and transfer students who are in attendance will also have the chance to win a tablet PC from the FHSU Office of Admissions or a $400 scholarship from Commerce Bank of Hays. A tablet PC is a computer shaped in the form of a notebook. A user can use a stylus and touch screen to operate the computer instead of a keyboard or mouse.
For more information, call the FHSU Office of Admissions at (800) 628-FHSU. For information on contacting alumni sponsors of SRP receptions, contact the FHSU Alumni Association at (785) 628-4430, or visit the FHSU Web site, www.fhsu.edu.