Hays Daily News: FHSU Announces College Scholarship Opportuity for Kansas Students

FHSU President Tisa Mason — a first-generation college graduate — said that mission is congruent with the goals of Fort Hays as an institution. “I know that recruiting first-generation students in particular is important to Kansas and certainly, as you all know, that is very parallel to my journey as a first-generation student,” she said Friday. “It sends a very important message of the importance of an advanced education, which without a doubt is a life-changer and a transformative experience for everyone who’s been able to go to college.”

FHSU News: Fort Hays State University Selected as Participant in Rudd Foundation Scholarship Program

“The cost of higher education can be especially challenging for first-generation students,” said Dr. Tisa Mason, FHSU president, who was the first in her family to get a college education. “That makes gifts such as this one from the Rudd Foundation especially valuable, not only for the direct benefit to the students who will receive them, but for the message it sends about the importance of advanced education to create innovative leaders in business, education and citizenship,” she said.

KVOE: ESU Announces New Scholarship Program

The Rudd Foundation has created a new scholarship for incoming college freshman. Wednesday morning Rudd Foundation representatives and ESU staff members held a special presentation for the Rudd Scholarship.  The scholarship aims to assist first generation underrepresented college students during their education at either ESU, Wichita State or Fort Hayes State. 

Wichita Business Journal: Wichita foundation launches scholarship program for underserved demographics

The Rudd Foundation on Friday announced a $400,000 scholarship program to help Kansans who quality for a federally funded Pell Grant to attend Wichita State University, Emporia State University or Fort Hays State University. Pell Grants are typically awarded to students of low-income families. About 20 scholarships will be awarded in the program’s first year. "It's our hope that we can continue to find those diamonds in the rough," says Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation.