During its just-ended session, the Kansas Legislature approved a bill to provide scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and Fort Hays State University is urging qualified individuals to fill out applications for the new financial assistance.
"We are hoping that our students can benefit from this program and possibly allow a few more students to enroll utilizing these funds," said Dixie Balman, financial assistance counselor and scholarship coordinator in FHSU's Financial Assistance Office. "I have notified the current students who are utilizing the G.I. Bill, but I am sure there may be others out there who would be eligible for this additional assistance."
Balman said the amounts of the scholarships would vary by individual due to need, other military aid they may receive and number of hours enrolled.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:
* Be a resident of the state of Kansas; and
* Have either served (a.) in Iraq or Afghanistan at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, or less than such 90 days because of injuries received in Iraq or Afghanistan, or (b.) in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, or for less than such 90 days because of injuries received during such service; or
* Have received an honorable discharge from military service or remain in military service; or
* Have a DD-214 form or active duty orders that indicate the person has served after Sept. 11, 2001, in one or more of the following military operations: Enduring Freedom, Nobel Eagle or Iraqi Freedom.
Students may obtain the applications from FHSU's Scholarship Services Office in Custer Hall or on the Web at http://www.kansasregents.org/financial_aid/awards.html. The priority deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 1.
Scholarship recipients must remain in good academic standing at the Kansas educational institution where they are enrolled and make satisfactory progress toward completion of the requirements of the educational program in which they are enrolled. They may be enrolled either part time or full time but must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours each semester. Priority in awarding scholarships will be given to those students with the greatest financial need.
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the form that is required by FHSU for all students who seek financial aid, and they must complete the military scholarship application form.
Any federal military tuition assistance that the student currently receives will be applied first toward the student's tuition and fees, and the student will be eligible for only the remaining balance in scholarship assistance. Eligible students may be awarded a scholarship for not more than four academic years of undergraduate study. If the course of instruction requires a fifth year of undergraduate study, a scholarship may be awarded for the duration of the course of instruction. If a student is not enrolled on a full-time basis, a student shall complete the course of study within a reasonable time period based upon the number of hours enrolled in an academic period and computed as a fraction of the total number of credit hours required for full-time enrollment. Continued funding for this scholarship is subject to state appropriations.