This year’s edition of Fort Hays State University’s annual 13-city, two-month Student Recognition Program series will begin in Phillipsburg on Monday, Jan. 28, swing into Colorado and Nebraska, and end in Beloit on March 12. The highlight at each event is the recognition of scholarship winners.
High school juniors and seniors and transfer students in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado have been invited to SRPs in their areas. The programs are held in communities across Kansas, in southern Nebraska and in Denver to accommodate area students and their parents and guardians.
Any student who lives outside the designated SRP areas is welcome to attend the nearest SRP but must RSVP by calling 1-800-628-FHSU (3478) or 785-628-5673 or by signing up online at www.fhsu.edu/admissions/srp. The FHSU Alumni Association requests RSVPs for the receptions no later than a week in advance of the SRP date.
Receptions hosted by FHSU alumni in each locale include dessert or pizza buffets provided by the FHSU Alumni Association. Students and their parents have the opportunity to mingle with FHSU faculty, staff and administrators and with area FHSU alumni before and after the scholarship presentations.
Many high school seniors and transfer students will receive certificates for a variety of scholarships awarded to them by FHSU.
FHSU alumni and other interested community members are also encouraged to attend.
Scholarships to be awarded SRPs include the $1,200 Miller Black and Gold Academic Award and the $800 Hays City Silver Academic Award. Both are renewable provided students maintain the minimum required academic standing. Also to be awarded are the $2,000 Presidential Scholarship, the $700 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award and the $500 Copper Academic Award, all of which are one-time scholarships awarded only to incoming freshmen enrolling in college for the first time. The $1,000 Transfer Student Scholarship, which is a one-time award, is also awarded at SRPs.
Students can also receive $500 or $900 Academic Opportunity Awards, given to scholars by individual academic departments.
Each SRP event features a multimedia presentation by FHSU President Edward H. Hammond and two drawings -- one for a $400 FHSU Student Recognition Program Scholarship and another for an iPad. Four $400 SRP scholarships are awarded at the reception in Hays.
The Great Bend event is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Great Bend High School, 19th and Morton; entry is through the front door on the east side of the building. Pizza will be served. Students invited to the Great Bend SRP are from Barton, Pawnee, Pratt, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties and from Bison and Otis in Rush County.