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FHSU President Mason to make tour stop in Great Bend on Feb. 4
File photo: President Tisa Mason visits with students at 2018 Dodge City Student Recognition Programs. She will return to Great Bend on February 4.

HAYS – Denver will be President Tisa Mason’s first stop of 2019 in Fort Hays State University’s annual month-long, 12-city, three-state tour to recognize high school and transfer students who have been awarded scholarships from the university. The event also provides an overview of what makes FHSU a special place, both in and out of the classroom. 

The Great Bend stop will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Great Bend High School, 19th and Morton (east entrance door). Pizza will be served. Students invited to the Great Bend SRP are from Barton, Pawnee, Pratt, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties and from the cities of Bison and Otis in Rush County.

Other stops include Wichita, Salina, Colby, Overland Park, Topeka, Beloit, Kearney, Neb., Hays, , Garden City, and Dodge City.

A highlight at each event is when President Mason individually recognizes students who have already been awarded scholarships to FHSU for the next academic year. Other university officers, administrators and faculty also attend the programs to answer questions and to visit with prospective students and their families and friends. 

Another highlight is the dessert or pizza buffet after the recognition portion of the program. Dessert is served at the Denver SRP. Students and their friends and families have the opportunity to mingle with FHSU faculty, staff and administrators before and after the scholarship presentations. 

Since its beginning in the 1987-88 year, Fort Hays State’s SRP program – unique in higher education – has had the mission of recognizing all students interested in college, and their friends and families. The events provide them with the opportunity to meet faculty and staff from the university. The public is welcome to attend. 

Students and families in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska can sign up now to attend programs in their areas. High school juniors, seniors and transfer students have already been invited to Student Recognition Programs in their areas. 

For more information or to sign up, visit 

Many high school seniors and transfer students will receive certificates for a variety of scholarships awarded to them by FHSU. 

Scholarships to be awarded at the SRPs include the $3,500 Presidential Award of Distinction, the $2,000 University Scholar Award, the $1,500 Hays City Scholar Award, and the $1,000 Traditions Scholar Award. All are awarded only to incoming freshmen enrolling in college for the first time, but each is renewable provided students maintain the minimum required academic standing. 

A renewable $1,500 scholarship is available for transfer students, and a $1,000 non-renewable transfer scholarship is also available. 

Other one-time awards recognized at the SRPs are the $900 or $500 Academic Opportunity Awards, given to scholars by individual academic departments. 

Each SRP event also features two scholarship drawings – a $400 FHSU Student Recognition Program Scholarship and a $600 textbook scholarship – and a drawing for a laptop computer. Four $400 SRP scholarships are awarded at the reception in Hays. 

The SRP schedule includes the core area served at each program site, but students are welcome to attend any SRP program. However, they must RSVP by calling 785-628-5673 or by signing up online through the RSVP link at