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News Release

YOU Have the Power to Make a Difference for FHSU Students!


SUPPORT THE POWER OF ONE SCHOLARSHIP CAMPAIGN

The history of Fort Hays State University is one of substantial growth, extraordinary individuals, and ambitious goals. The future of what is yet to come looks even more exciting.

In December of 2013, FHSU officials announced the Power of One scholarship campaign with a goal of raising $8 million by Dec. 31, 2014. The goal represented a 400 percent increase over normal fundraising expectations for the Fort Hays State University Foundation over a year's time.

During the 2014 President's Dinner on June 6, Dr. Edward H. Hammond announced that, with the help of alumni and friends, the $8 million goal had been achieved. Just six months after the start of the campaign, your FHSU Foundation had received $8,268,392 in donations! While Fort Hays State and the Foundation are extremely grateful for the gifts made thus far, a new goal was set for the campaign: to reach $12 million before the end of 2014. As of early December, 2014 $11.85 million in donations had been received and only $150,000 is left to acheive our goal!

"The number one need for FHSU students is scholarship dollars," said Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the FHSU Foundation. "This fundraising initiative will not only support our students, but it will also recognize Dr. Hammond's 27 years of leadership and success here at Fort Hays State University.”

The university has come a long way since Dr. Edward H. Hammond's arrival. Throughout Dr. Hammond's tenure, assets of the FHSU Foundation have grown substantially. The amount of scholarship dollars that were available to FHSU students in 1986, the year before President Hammond arrived, was $424,000. In fiscal year 2013 – the most recent period for which an audited total was available – there was $1,583,576 available to well-deserving Tigers.

Although more scholarship dollars are available today, the university's student enrollment has grown by leaps and bounds. When Dr. Hammond began his presidency at Fort Hays State, student enrollment was just over 5,000; now it stands at 13,441. In fact, FHSU was named the third fastest-growing university in the United States by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

With that level of growth, help from alumni and friends is needed now, more than ever before, to ensure that the best and brightest students are given the support that they deserve.

"The real importance of this initiative is to raise support for general scholarship needs. National trends show a push toward restricted funds and, in order for Fort Hays State to have the ability to attract quality students, general scholarship dollars are a must,” added Chapman.

"Leading Fort Hays State University has been the most challenging and rewarding work of my career. It has been a privilege and I am proud to be a Tiger," said President Hammond. "Your support has been tremendous, and I hope that you'll maintain that support with our Power of One scholarship campaign. Please join me in stepping up to the plate and donating to Fort Hays State and its students."

Supporting the Power of One scholarship campaign and giving to a deserving Tiger is easy. Simply visit https://secure.fhsu.edu/foundation and select “FHSU's Greatest Need” as your area of designation. Or click below.

SUPPORT THE POWER OF ONE SCHOLARSHIP CAMPAIGN