Fort Hays State University is proud to serve the workforce needs of Northwest Kansas and is constantly looking for ways to achieve this goal.
Accordingly, the University has established the Dane G. Hansen Tiger Comeback Scholarship, which was made possible by a generous scholarship provided by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.
This initiative is designed to welcome back former FHSU students who were about to complete their studies but for various reasons stopped before completing their degree requirements. Available to students both online and on campus, this scholarship provides financial assistance to those who are about to complete their degree program.
Are you a former Fort Hays student who finished your college education before you could earn a degree? Maybe it was because of family responsibilities? Or job requirements? Or maybe because the bills need to be paid and there is nothing left to pay the tuition fees?
Whatever the case, professionals with an associate degree are in great demand in Northwest Kansas. The answer to this dilemma and to “cross the finish line” can be to such a degree that it has been elusive.
One of those students, Christie Rothschild of Salina, was working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing online. Rothschild learned she was pregnant with twins and had plenty of credit hours to complete her degree in the semester her children deserved. So I decided to put off studying – a difficult but wise decision since the twins came early. Then she had to take on the role of the busy mother of Aurora and Twyla.
A few years later, the Tiger Comeback Scholarship caught the attention of Rothschild in the list of FHSU scholarships, and she decided she would give it a try.
Looking at her experience, Rothschild noted, “Going back to Fort Hays to finish was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wish I had done it sooner.”
Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Jenny Manny, Professor and Head of Nursing, Rothschild has successfully completed the required online courses, in recognition of Manny’s tireless work supporting students and making grants available to them.
Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2017, Rothschild entered directly into the online BSN for the DNP (Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at Fort Hays State.
She is on track to graduate with her BSN to the DNP in May 2022, and this will eventually allow her to provide life-long primary care.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Rothschild worked in a variety of leadership roles in acute care, then moved on to her current job at Craig Homecare, providing home health care to children while completing her graduate studies.
The Tiger Comeback Scholarship is credited with helping her further her education while raising a family that now includes three daughters. Baby Lyra joined the Rothchild family last May.
“I have that scholarship to thank for being able to ever finish my career and become a practicing nurse,” Rothschild said. “You helped us a lot.”
Rothschild said she would encourage other students who may be considering returning to FHSU after some time away to check out the Dane G. Hansen Tiger Comeback Scholarship.
“This is the perfect time to step back and assess your options for both education and career,” Rothschild said. “The past two years have taught us what really matters. The extra time with family is worth ‘leveling up’ your career to absorb what really matters.”
If you are interested, or if you know someone who should be reported, check the eligibility requirements at https://www.fhsu.edu/online/scholarships/dane-g-hansen-tiger-comeback. If you meet the criteria, apply today.
For more information on the Tiger Comeback Scholarship, contact Dr. Greg Atkins with FHSU Online either by email at [email protected] Or phone at 785-628-4291.