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News Release

Anonymous Donor Makes Gift to FHSU's Department of Teacher Education

George Wall
Most would agree that teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world; it leaves a lasting impression on future generations. Without the guidance of gifted teachers, many individuals wouldn’t be where they are today. Fort Hays State University greatly values teachers and strives to provide a quality education for the educators of tomorrow.

FHSU’s Department of Teacher Education has recently been strengthened by a generous contribution from a Fort Hays State alum and anonymous donor. The donor was born and raised in Kansas and has loved school ever since they were five years old. They were introduced to Fort Hays State University in 1948, when they began taking summer classes as a student. The individual earned an undergraduate degree in 1956, and later on, both a master’s and specialist’s degree. The donor proceeded to teach for many years before retiring.

Now, the donor’s biggest contribution to education is a gift of $124,000, which the donor hopes will assist students in earning a quality education at Fort Hays State. The fund is an open-ended account, which means additional contributions may be made by family, friends, or whoever wishes to support it.

“I believe that education is vital to our future and hope that this gift will help students who perhaps, without this support, wouldn’t be able to attend FHSU,” said the donor.

The funds will provide scholarship support for a student enrolled in the Teacher Education program at Fort Hays State University, who maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who is a high school graduate from the Kansas counties of Osborne or Ellis. In addition, the scholarship is renewable for four years, as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

“Many of our students are balancing school with full-time jobs and families,” said Tiffany Hester, Coordinator of Clinical Practices in FHSU’s Department of Teacher Education. “This gift will definitely help ease the financial burden that many of them face.”

“Scholarships are especially important for pre-service teachers because, while teaching is very emotionally rewarding, salaries are also very modest,” Hester added.

If you’re interested in joining this donor in supporting deserving students in FHSU’s Department of Teacher Education, please make a gift today. Simply visit https://secure.fhsu.edu/foundation and list the “Anonymous Gift to Teacher Education” as your area of designation or click on the link below.

To learn more about how you can help support students at Fort Hays State University, please visit the FHSU Foundation website at foundation.fhsu.edu or contact the Foundation office at 785-628-5620 or foundation@fhsu.edu.

 

JOIN THIS DONOR IN SUPPORTING FHSU'S DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION