Thousands of dollars in scholarships -- and a tablet computer -- will be given away Monday, March 5, at the Beloit edition of Fort Hays State University's annual Student Recognition Program traveling scholarship series.
The Beloit SRP, at 7 p.m. in the Beloit High School, 1711 Walnut, serves students from eight Kansas counties: Clay, Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, Smith and Washington; students from Lakeside and Osborne; and students from four Nebraska counties: Clay, Jefferson, Nuckolls and Thayer.
Mike Harbaugh, Beloit, a 1977 FHSU graduate, is the local alumni organizer for the reception.
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 and 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. The Hays City Silver Academic Award is a renewable $800-a-year scholarship. The Bronze Academic Award is a one-time, $700 scholarship. New this year is the Copper Academic Award, a one-time, $500 scholarship. These scholarships go automatically to students based on their scores on the ACT exam. Many freshmen also receive departmental Award of Excellence Scholarships, which are one-time, $500 awards based on students' academic majors.
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 and a $400 scholarship from Commerce Bank of Hays. A tablet PC is an enhanced laptop that allows a user to use a stylus and touch screen to operate the computer in addition to 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.