Foundation announces new Paul-Wertenberger Construction scholarship

Paul-Wertenberger Construction, Hays, has given $20,000 to establish a scholarship for students in the Technology Studies Department at Fort Hays State University. The FHSU Foundation also announced that the company’s owners, Bob Wertenberger and Steve Paul, have each individually donated $5,000 to FHSU athletics.

“We were 1977 graduates of FHSU and received our degrees in what used to be called industrial arts. The classes we took and the faculty who taught us really helped us to build a successful company,” said Paul.

Shortly after graduating, the two became partners and established the company, which has been in business for 25 years.

“We believe in the Technology Studies Department and the university and would like to give back,” said Wertenberger.

Dr. Fred Ruda, chair of the Technology Studies Department, said the scholarship established by Paul-Wertenberger Construction would help students who might not have otherwise chosen to attend college.

“There are a number of students who would like to come to FHSU and pursue a degree in technology studies, but with the current economy and the cost of going to college, many students elect to go to work right out of high school,” he said. “This scholarship will give some students the opportunity to receive a higher education before entering the workforce.”

With their $5,000 gifts to FHSU athletics, Paul and Wertenberger become members of the “Difference Makers,” the premier athletic booster club at FHSU. The group has helped enhance athletic facilities, programs and scholarships.

Paul-Wertenberger Construction has played a part in many of the construction projects on campus, including the recent renovation of Memorial Union.

For more information about establishing a scholarship or becoming a Difference Maker, contact the FHSU Foundation at (785) 628-5620 or visit

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