Scholarships top $320,000 for FHSU Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship students


From the FHSU University Communication

More than 270 undergraduate scholarships valued at over $320,000 have been awarded to Fort Hays State University business and entrepreneurship students for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The awards, announced Thursday afternoon at the WR and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship awards ceremony in the ballroom of the FHSU Memorial Union, were presented to students on campus and online.

“We hear it so often, but the saying ‘It takes a whole village,’ is true,” said FHSU Provost Jill Arensdorf during her opening address.

Arensdorf said she was grateful for the scholarship opportunities available to her as an undergraduate student that allowed her to graduate with little debt.

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“Thank you for supporting our students at FHSU and Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship,” she said. “You have made a significant investment in our students at Fort Hays and by making this investment you are giving the students an opportunity.”

This gratitude was reflected in the remarks made by Dr. Muhammad Chishty, Dean of Robbins College, FHSU.

“There are many donors who have given gifts to the College of Business and Entrepreneurship to support a variety of programs and extracurricular activities that enrich our students’ educational experience,” he said. “We thank you for your gifts that enrich the lives of our students.”

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Robbins Ambassadors Jessalyn Kirchhoff and David Schulte, who each received a $5,000 Ambassador Scholarship, spoke about the support they received as undergraduate students at FHSU and the impact that support has had on their educational experience.

“I grew up in a place where everyone knew everyone,” said Kirchhoff, who is a Smith Center native. “At every corner someone was waiting to help a friend. When I arrived in Hays, I immediately felt the same kind of support from Robbins College. There is a constant flow of people who are willing and willing to help when a student is in need.”

Cole Engel, associate professor of accounting and co-chair of the grants committee at Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, thanked the donors who contributed to his academic success.

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“You’ve heard from a lot of people who have sat in these chairs and participated in these scholarships as a student,” he said upon receiving the Dr. Cole Engel Scholarship, a $2,000 award for three students. “I was like that 15 years ago. I’ve received a few of those exact same awards. You helped me and it’s my turn to help you.

Learn how you can support students at FHSU’s Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship by visiting or contact the FHSU Foundation at 785-628-5620 or [email protected].

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