With a goal of $1 million and pledges and donations of $1.2 million, the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association Scholarship Campaign ended in October.
Since 1988, the University Scholarship Program has played an important role in the recruitment and retention of promising academic students. The FHSU Endowment Association funds more than $600,000 annually to that initiative. The Scholarship Program awards scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. Many are renewable based on a student’s grade point average. But with inflation and increased enrollment at FHSU, more money was deemed necessary to meet scholarship needs.
To meet this new challenge, the FHSU Endowment Association launched the $1 million Scholarship Campaign in July 2003.
"The amount raised for the Scholarship Campaign is a response to the influx of students and holding down the rising costs of attending the university," said Campaign Chair Dr. Virgil Howe, retired dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences. "We also wanted to raise public awareness of the need for more scholarships."
The campaign's success helped provide more opportunities for students to live the dream of affordable success.
"The message of being the most affordable school in Kansas seems to have struck a positive chord, and our alumni and friends responded very positively, making the campaign a resounding success," said Howe.