New scholarship honors 50th anniversary
of Ed, Donna Stehno
07/22/08 be/kb local, area
HAYS, Kan. -- Students in education, nursing and athletics can benefit from a new scholarship established at Fort Hays State University in honor of Dr. Ed and Donna Stehnos’ 50th wedding anniversary. The Ed and Donna Stehno Scholarship was established through the FHSU Foundation by the Stehnos’ children: Chris Stehno, Sharon Weems and Lisa Stehno-Bittel.
Dr. Stehno retired from FHSU in 2004 after a 33-year career at the university. He was a professor of educational administration and counseling. Donna Stehno earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from FHSU as a non-traditional student after the family settled in Hays.
Chris Stehno said giving his parents a gift associated with FHSU has significant meaning to his family. "Growing up in Hays and being involved with the university was a great experience for all three of us kids," he said. "We enjoyed our time spent on the campus with our dad and when our mom was in school. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate 50 years of marriage than to honor them at a place that has been so important to our family."
The Stehnos celebrated their 50th anniversary in November 2007.
"We were honored that our children did that for us. It was a nice surprise and we knew nothing about it," said Dr. Stehno. "We owe Fort Hays State a great deal. I had the best 33 years of my life there."
In retirement, he continues to keep busy by supporting FHSU athletic events and working with at-risk children in the Hays public schools. His hobbies include decorative rock carving and trail-riding. Donna keeps busy with volunteer work throughout the Hays community and likes to quilt in her spare time.
The FHSU Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation designated by the state of Kansas to receive gifts on behalf of the university. Anyone interested in contributing to the Stehno scholarship fund may contact the FHSU Foundation at (785) 628-5620.