Hayes, Kan. John Armstrong is always looking forward to Fort Hays State University student introduction programs. But he is especially expecting to get back on the road for this year’s annual Tiger Road Show.
Armstrong, FHSU’s Director of Admissions, will join 30 to 40 college staff in a 12-month series that recognizes high school and transfer students interested in learning more about Fort Hays State. The SRPs tour is returning to in-person events after switching to an online version last year.
“We’re definitely ready to come back in person,” Armstrong said. “This is a way to connect personally and start building relationships with our students and their parents.”
SRPs, in their 34th year, extend from one end of the state to the other—and beyond. FHSU also holds SRPs in Denver and Kearney, NE. Local COVID-19 protocols will be followed for each location.
Enrollment numbers are steady this year, Armstrong said, and he encourages all juniors and high school seniors, as well as all potential transfer students, to attend these free events. High school juniors, seniors, and already transferred students are invited to SRPs in their districts.
There is still time for students and their families to register, if they have not already done so, by going to www.fhsu.edu/admissions/events/srp/hays-srp-registration.
The 2022 series will begin on Sunday, January 30, at Garden City and Dodge City, and finish in Denver on March 6. , Kansas City (Olathe) area, Topeka, Colby, Wichita, Salina, Great Bend, and Kearney, Neb. The time, date, and location for each event can be found at https://www.fhsu.edu/admissions/events/srp/.
Armstrong said he and his team have learned a lot in the past year while transitioning to remote mode for SRPs. His office has received positive feedback about the switch, and plans are underway to offer another virtual SRP option to other out-of-state students later in March. However, Armstrong still preferred personal coordination.
“Each student at each event is introduced in person, and it is easier to talk to them in private that way,” Armstrong said. “We hope to send them a positive message that we care about them in the state of Fort Hays.”
Each of the 12 events will feature four scholarships with award levels ranging from $15,000 to $6,000 over four years, or $3,750 to $1,500 annually. They are the Tiger Pride Scholarship of $3,750; Victor E Scholarship of $2750; Scholarship 2000 Black and Gold; and a $1,500 Hays City Scholarship. These scholarships are not based on need, and there is no reduction included in the award amount for students who receive additional prize money from other sources.
The Fort Hays State Enhanced Scholarship Program will include three levels of transfer scholarship awards, ranging from $500 to $1,500. These awards are based on the student’s GPA.
FHSU President Tisa Mason or another FHSU official will individually introduce all students who attend each event. Those awarded scholarships to Fort Hays State will be recognized for the upcoming academic year. Other university officers, administrators, and faculty also attend the programs to answer questions and visit potential students and their families and friends.
Pizza is served at each of the evening events, while in the afternoon SRPs offer a dessert buffet. Students and their friends and families have the opportunity to mingle with FHSU’s faculty, staff, and administrators before and after scholarship offers.
Since its inception in 1988-89, the Fort Hays Scholarship Recognition Program – unique in higher education – has had the mission of getting to know all students interested in college and their friends and family.
Each SRP event features three drawings – one for a $600 book grant, one for a $1,000 scholarship, and one for a laptop.