HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University will take its show on the road again this year, awarding scholarships to high school students at receptions throughout the state.
The first of the 2001 Student Recognition Programs will take place Monday evening, Jan. 29, in Hill City.
The annual SRPs have become hugely popular over the past 13 years, drawing more than 200 students and parents at some locations. Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, gives the guests a multi-media presentation about what new students can expect when they arrive on the Hays campus. The students and their parents also have an opportunity to visit informally with administrators and faculty from Fort Hays State over the rich dessert buffets that are a popular tradition at the programs.
Perhaps most importantly, the students receive certificates for a variety of scholarships. The Miller Black and Gold Award is a renewable $1,200-a-year scholarship. Every incoming freshman who scores 29 or better on the ACT exam automatically receives this scholarship. The Hays City Silver Academic Award is a renewable $800-a-year scholarship that goes automatically to all incoming freshmen who score 24-28 on the ACT exam. The Bronze Academic Award is a $400 one-time scholarship that goes automatically to all incoming freshmen who score 21-23 on the ACT exam. Many of the students also receive Departmental Award of Excellence Scholarships, which are $500 one-time awards based on a student's academic major.
Emprise Bank of Hays, the FHSU Alumni Association, and local businesses and individuals at each event also help sponsor the SRPs. Emprise Bank holds a drawing for $400 scholarships at each of the SRPs, as it has done for the past several years. The bank draws for four of the scholarships at the Hays reception.
Nex-Tech of Hays, which is owned by Rural Telephone Service Co. of Lenora, made a cash contribution to the university for the SRPs to help with facility rentals and other costs, including the dessert buffets.
FHSU STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAMS
Schedule for Spring 2001
7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, Elks Lodge
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, Holiday Inn, 3017 W. 10th
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Salina Country Club, 2101 E. Country Club
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, Smith Center High School, 300 School Ave.
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, DoubleTree Hotel, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, Beloit High School, 1711 N. Walnut
1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Knights of Columbus, 800 Front View West
7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Plaza Inn, 1911 E. Kansas
7 p.m. Monday, March 5, Elks Lodge, 1523 Arcade
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Memorial Union, Fort Hays State University