-- Fort Hays State University strives to offer its students the best possible
experience they can have at a higher education institution. Much of that relies
on members of the faculty, who are not only responsible for teaching and
guiding students but also for inspiring them.
English faculty members, Instructor Linda Smith and Associate Professor Brett
Weaver, went above and beyond their duty as professors when they established a
scholarship with the FHSU Foundation. The Brett Weaver & Linda Smith
Writing Concentration Scholarship will be awarded to two junior or senior
undergraduates or graduate students each year majoring in English with a
writing concentration. Preference will be given to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher
who demonstrate financial need.
and I have both been involved in efforts to grow the English Department's
bachelor's program with writing concentration and expand the master's program
to include a writing concentration," said Smith. "Those efforts
served, in part, as the catalyst to establish the scholarship."
me, Fort Hays State is like my extended family. In many ways I’ve grown up
here,” she said. "As a student at FHSU, my dream to be a teacher was
encouraged by scholarship money, and as a teacher, I try to inspire students to
pursue their own dreams."
Weaver, it doesn’t take much wandering through Rarick Hall to spot him. He is
always wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
often asked why I wear Hawaiian shirts even when the thermometer dips well
below zero. I reply, with complete sincerity, 'Because there are worse things
in this world to worry about than the weather,' " he said. It only makes
sense, then, that in addition to receiving the scholarship money, the student
recipients will receive a Hawaiian shirt.
hope is that the shirt aspect of the scholarship will inspire the owner to
regale those who ask about it, not only that there are 'worse things to worry
about than the weather,' but also that it is one's ability to experience
weather -- to be alive and a part of the world -- that is life's miracle. We
win the lottery every day we awaken. Everything else -- including having a 'good
day,' is extra," he said.
Weaver and Smith said the reason for the scholarship is first and foremost to
support FHSU students. Coincidentally, their gift comes in the wake of the
announcement that Fort Hays State's Power of One scholarship campaign has
reached 30 percent of its ambitious $8 million goal. Making the $8 million goal
a reality could be possible with gifts like the one from Weaver and Smith.
the Brett Weaver & Linda Smith Writing Concentration Scholarship (with
Hawaiian shirt),or to make a
contribution toward FHSU’s Power of Onescholarship
campaign, please visit foundation.fhsu.edu or call the Foundation at 785