A welcome from our President
We are excited to learn you have chosen or you are considering to join the Fort Hays State University family. Welcome! Today is an opportunity for you to share in the "new beginnings" of our University by becoming a member of our Honors College. Together, we have the opportunity to celebrate our common bonds and to affirm our faith in a brilliant future. Your commitment to excellence, as exemplified through your extensive academic and community achievements, make you a superb candidate for our Honors College.
In his introduction to the centennial history of Fort Hays State University, Dr. James Forsythe recognized the “special destiny” of our University - a place we call home. It is a destiny animated by “the pioneering spirit” of our community. At the heart of this pioneering spirit is an unshakeable belief in a better tomorrow; a better tomorrow made possible by higher education. Our community understands higher education is both a key to an enriched intellectual life and a powerful engine for innovation and progress.
As Abigail Adams once wrote, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and vigilance.” Fulfilling our mission will require us to attract more talent, more partners, more investors, more students, and more resources to our university and to our region. How will we do this? How will we make Fort Hays State University, in the broadest possible sense, the “destination of choice?”
The answer lies in the quality of our people and programs, the inclusiveness of our culture, and the transformational power of our commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation, student success and scholarship. We will utilize our strengths to the fullest. We will continue to develop programs of distinction across the breadth of our university to meet the ever-changing needs of Kansas, the nation and the world.
Our Honors College is a program of distinction. It is designed to welcome to our University family our country's brightest minds. You have the unique opportunity to join our inaugural class. You will be challenged, nurtured, invigorated and you will love every minute of it!
Come join the Tiger family! Come and make history at Fort Hays State University! We are eager to welcome you!
Congratulations on your achievement to date and interest in maximizing your university experience! Fort Hays State University's Honors College is here to provide you with the education, training, and access you need to have the best possible college experience. If you are selected to be a part of the Honors College, you will receive the following rewards and benefits:
1. ENHANCED CURRICULUM, PRIORITY ENROLLMENT, AND RESEARCH
OPPORTUNITIES: Honors courses that you take (which are selected via a
competitive faculty application process) will place you in an academic
experience with other high-achieving students fully invested in the educational
process. Learning and interacting with these motivated peers will enable you to
discover and sharpen your own talents and insight. Opportunities to engage in
direct study and research with your professors will give you chances to
innovate creatively at an early point in your college career.
Additionally, once at FHSU, you will be able to pre-enroll in your classes from
the earliest possible date. This will ensure that you always get into the
classes you need and desire.
2. SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Our Honors College offers special
scholarships that go up to the TOTAL COST OF COLLEGE ATTENDANCE! See the scholarships
page to learn about these opportunities. Additionally, we have a specialized,
dedicated faculty advisor on staff to prepare you for highly competitive,
national-level scholarships that can give you national recognition,
extraordinary financial reward, and unrivaled personal growth and development.
3. HONORS HOUSING AND STUDY SPACE: Gifted students simply
have a better and stronger college experience when they live surrounded by
other brilliant peers. Our honors housing floor gives you the chance to network
on a deeper level with FHSU’s best and brightest. Best of all, you have the
option to live on our Honors Floor after your freshman year (contingent on
availability)! You will also have access to a special, honors-only space in our
library, where you will have guaranteed study space accessible only to you and
your honors peers.
4. LEADERSHIP AND TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES: Brilliance is best
utilized when it is placed in the service of others. All Honors College
students are automatically granted membership in the Fort
Hays Honor Society, normally open only by invitation to the top 2%,
academically, of FHSU students. Honors College students also have the
opportunity to serve in the development of their experience on the Honors College Steering Council, a group
of faculty, staff, and students committed to making sure the FHSU Honors
College is at the forefront of possibility and opportunity. Additionally,
Honors College students are placed in the Personal Development Institute, a set
of seminar classes offered from the freshman to senior year, designed to give
members fast-track access to co/extracurricular activities and life skills
training not available anywhere else on campus.
5. UNRIVALED BENEFITS AND PERSONAL ATTENTION TO SUCCESS: From free on-campus parking to free performing arts
tickets, Honors College students at FHSU are provided an experience that simply
cannot be matched anywhere else. Each Honors College student is provided
a team of faculty/staff advisors: their academic advisor, Honors College staff
members, the nationally competitive scholarships advisor, and a certified,
nationally-recognized Life/Leadership Coach.
We invite you today to visit or contact us to learn why FHSU is the destination
of choice for intellectually gifted students!
Matt Means, Director, Honors College
Honors College Brochure
Honors College Brochure
Matt Means, Director, FHSU Honors College, Forsyth Library Room 74
firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-628-4748 (email is best)
Joshua Wasinger, Administrative Associate, Honors College, Forsyth Library Room 72
Mariam Sears, President, Fort Hays Honor Society, Forsyth Library Room 72
Jensen Scheele, Student Associate Coordinator, Honors College, Forsyth Library Room 72,
Kaetlin Weninger, Marketing and Publicity Outreach Director, Honors College, Forsyth Library Room 72
Why I Chose FHSU?
"I have yet to borrow money for my college education/housing because of a combination of the existing scholarships for high achieving students and my part time job."
"There are many benefits of being part of this group, but for me, the people are what gives the Honors College its value."
"The support of other students and professors pushing you to do your best is an experience I believe I could not have at any other university."
"The Distinguished Scholars Program is now turning out to be the backbone to the new formation of the Honors College, and I'm so thankful that I get to be a part of this wonderful program and university."
"The Honors College has given me the opportunity to pursue projects related to my field of study."
"The Honors College has provided me a place to grow into the person I'm meant to be while surrounded by the information, resources, and encouragement to get there."