FHSU graduates reflect a strong sense of fairness and believe in paying back what has been given to them. Having scholarship funds for deserving FHSU students is key to providing the next generation with numerous opportunities in higher education.
Fort Hays State University sustained us in the past. Now it's time to continue this tradition to those who follow, and one of the most immediate ways to do that is through scholarships. Scholarships are important because they attract and reward exceptional, highly motivated students who make up a well-rounded academic environment. These students contribute to the community, encourage their peers and enhance the prestige of the university.
Scholarships also ease the increasing financial burden of education. In the 1960's tuition was $125 per semester and students could pay their own way with part-time employment at minimum wage. Those days are long gone. Today, a full year at Fort Hays State costs between $12,000 and $15,000. The average student debt is $17,000 and many owe considerably more. Most students are from families of modest means, and 80 percent of them hold part-time jobs during school to make ends meet.
Students at FHSU are worthy recipients of scholarship funds. More than 40 percent of current students graduated in the top quarter of their high school classes and 55 percent graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
In countless ways, Fort Hays State University makes a promise to young adults. Come here and we will meet your expectations. We will help you find your place in the world.
Annual Named Scholarship - Up to $10,000
Gifts up to $10,000 will be included in the Fort Hays State University pooled fund. This money is awarded by the university to students on the basis of merit and need.
Endowed Funds - $10,000 or More
Named funds, in honor or in memory of a loved one, can be endowed for $10,000 or more. Or, donors may wish to include an endowed fund in their wills and estate plans.
Endowed Research Stipend - $30,000
FHSU is known for its undergraduate research opportunities. Allocations from a research stipend would provide the basic resources for research projects such as chemicals, equipment, presentation materials and travel funds for off-site research and conference presentations.
Endowed Graduate Assistantship - $100,000
Graduate assistantships provide financial support for students who are working on their master's degrees. Teaching assistantships typically cover tuition and provide a small salary in return for assistance in teaching entry-level classes. The availability of graduate assistantships is key in recruiting for graduate programs.