I usually smile once I take into consideration the Winston Churchill quote, “We make a residing by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Fort Hays State College continues to be abundantly blessed by the generosity of so many philanthropists. These items are game-changers. They assist us present state-of-the-art amenities, honor and encourage school and open doorways of alternative to many college students.
I’ve a deeply grateful coronary heart for our philanthropists. As a result of their imprint on our college is so profound, I usually discover myself trying to find the fitting phrases and the fitting methods to say “thanks.” That’s the reason I soaked up each phrase expressed by graduate pupil Tanner Callis, who’s finishing his grasp’s diploma in English.
I’d prefer to share Tanner’s story in his personal phrases. The next is his stunning expression of influence:
Each scholarship carries with it a narrative. The present of an alumna or alumnus. The goodwill of a liked one. The charity of a buddy. And as scholarships are given and obtained by college students, the tales hooked up to them turn out to be intertwined with our personal private experiences in academia. I consider the endowing of an academic scholarship is a mirrored image of our shared belief in each other throughout generations.
Immediately, I’m happy to share a bit about my story of scholarship.
Rising up in Hays, I used to be one in every of a blooming batch of annual Hays Excessive Faculty seniors who needed to resolve whether or not to pursue greater training both overseas—as in daring exterior the consolation zone and discovering a brand new faculty in a overseas metropolis or state—or attend right here at Fort Hays, my native faculty and the house of that acquainted Tiger Gold.
After all, I selected the latter, not solely as a result of Fort Hays affords a high quality training at a student-friendly worth but additionally as a result of I had earned a scholarship that was transferable solely to a handful of Midwest faculties. (And if I used to be going to go and do that faculty factor, I used to be satisfied on the time that it needed to both be right here or someplace alongside the coast. My decision-making course of on the time was primarily based on what I’d name dreaming high-schooler logic. Finally, I went the place the scholarship took me.
And I’m not alone in my determination. Many people—a whole bunch of us, maybe 1000’s, even—select Fort Hays as a result of this faculty affords attainable scholarships the place many others don’t. We’re right here on basketball, soccer, and volleyball scholarships. We’re right here on scholarships for portray, ceramics, graphic design. band, orchestra, and choir. Many people are right here on English, historical past, philosophy. Biology, chemistry, arithmetic, enterprise, communication, nursing, or instructing scholarships. I’ve talked to fellow college students from all throughout campus, and many of them are right here on scholarship for one craft or one other.
So, there I’m, standing amidst a handful of different psychology scholarship recipients my freshman 12 months, none of us having formally met a single school member earlier than the division had already thought of us worthy of scholarships greater than 5 months prior. And that’s as a result of the committees concerned in choosing these recipients learn our resumes, report playing cards, and advice letters. They determined to spend money on us earlier than we even determined to take a position on this faculty. It feels like a dangerous surroundings, and it type of is. However the dangers, as a rule, are price taking.
Due to scholarships from the Division of Psychology and the Division of Music (I play cello within the Hays Symphony), I didn’t should disproportionately pay out of pocket for textbooks for any of my courses that first 12 months. Not solely that, there was runoff. Trying again, these departmental scholarships in all probability paid for almost all of the supplies I wanted for any of my superb psych programs. Mixed with my group scholarship, which lined charges and tuition, I didn’t drop a penny on Fort Hays courses. It’s nearly ridiculous. Right here within the 2020s, and no charges. Unimaginable. And it’s all because of scholarships.
Maybe my onerous work and ensuing luck helped me resolve to rearrange for one other funding in Fort Hays State College. Within the fall of 2021, I enrolled within the English division’s program for a Grasp of Arts. Right here once more, I used to be introduced with—you guessed it—a scholarship-the Eleanor Bogart scholarship. This scholarship purchased me expert-approved copies of Le Morte D’arthur, The Attention-grabbing Narrative of the Lifetime of Olaudah Equiano (with letters of important evaluation), and The Norton Anthology of English Literature overlaying The Center Ages. There’s rather a lot to be enthusiastic about right here—take my phrase for it.
The soar from psychology undergrad to English M.A. questions many, generally even myself. As an undergraduate, I constantly tacked on an English course each semester. World Fiction. Survey of American Historical past. Superior Composition. There was no urgent want to finish Gen Ed credit, so I do know it had turn out to be a aware determination sooner or later. Twenty-one credit score hours later, I walked throughout the graduation stage with my B.S. in psychology, an English minor, and a cumulative 4.0 GPA, together with the boldness to begin a brand new chapter in my life.
This chapter will simply so occur to return to a detailed this spring. As I close to the top of my M.A. diploma, I look again on a six-year tutorial profession at FHSU. “So many individuals received me to the place I’m right this moment.” It’s a thought that always involves thoughts once we start to see the sunshine on the finish of an extended tunnel. Household, lecturers, colleagues, coworkers—even the retired neighbors on my block who see me getting out and in of my automotive 5 occasions a day. These folks have been all integral to my capability to full my diploma. However the failure to incorporate scholarships in bolstering my tutorial and monetary scenario could be most inaccurate.
At the moment, I’m utilizing my writing and enhancing strengths because the publicity author for the Hays Symphony right here on the town. I’ve been a cello participant within the orchestra for nearly a decade now, so it’s good to have the ability to give again and get entangled in a brand new means. As a publicity intern, I gained expertise writing copy for posters and different promotional supplies, producing content material for our web site, and managing content material for our social media platforms, primarily Fb and Instagram. Plus, I get to assist out my longtime mentor Cathy Drabkin, the good baker behind Cathy’s Breads, who was additionally as soon as an English M.A. pupil herself. Possibly the similarities add as much as why we get alongside so properly.
The place does all this effort lead? What’s the purpose after this?” These are the massive questions. After commencement, I hope to attend the Denver Publishing Institute. There, I will leverage my studying, writing, and enhancing experiences and turn out to be a extra expert skilled. But in addition, the publishing world calls for an understanding of various viewpoints, negotiation abilities, presentation formality, enterprise intuition, and a great eye for interesting content material. I wish to work with writers who articulate ideas, emotions, and feelings by way of character, plot, and setting. I additionally wish to strive my hand at technical writing sometime. And I believe I’d prefer to work in writing and enhancing textbooks as a substitute of solely studying them. Academia is, for many individuals, a round journey.
And so, on this subsequent chapter of my life, I’ll proceed to experiment, discover, and purchase new data. Fort Hays State College met me at a time when I didn’t know precisely what I wished to do, and thru problem, helped me determine that out. Now, I plan to place my cumulative expertise to the check. Powerful occasions await, little doubt, however as I’ve been advised earlier than quite a few occasions—and bolstered by way of being a scholarship recipient—I am an individual who can meet these calls for head-on. (Callis, 2022)