Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!
Scholarships Awarded to 2016 Graduating Seniors
Hard work pays off in Scholarships! Graduation is a joyous time. The Hastings Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and a number of scholarship donors award the scholarships during Honors Night at Hastings High School. It is one place where the true joy of giving is witnessed again and again!
The Hastings Public Schools Foundation awarded 48 scholarships totaling $65,750 to 46 graduating seniors in the spring of 2016. The Robert L. Foote Memorial Scholarship opportunity was added, an indication that the Hastings Public Schools Foundation Scholarship Portfolio continues to broaden, allowing opportunities for more and more graduating seniors.
The Hastings Public Schools Foundation is now able to award three scholarships valued at $4,000 each, including the Ardyce Bohlke Scholarship, a Johnson Family Scholarship, and the Kelly Buck Memorial Scholarship. Two special Haas Technology Scholarships valued at $7,500 were also awarded this spring. All other scholarships range in value from $500 to $1,500.
The application process for Hastings Public Schools Foundation Scholarships has been streamlined. Students may apply online for any HPS Foundation scholarships for which they qualify. All students applying provide one set of test scores, one set of references, a resume, and one general essay. These materials qualify them to apply for all scholarships in the HPSF Scholarship Portfolio. Some scholarships require a small amount of additional information. This process is efficient, saving time for busy seniors!
The Hastings Public Schools Foundation has a long history. The HPS Foundation was founded in 1987 by farseeing members of the Hastings Community. These individuals were intent upon finding ways to support and honor HPS graduating seniors. Thus, the Hastings Public Schools Foundation scholarship program was initiated. Over time, donors came forward with contributions to create general scholarships. Memorial scholarships were created. Our safe and reliable system of investing and managing the entire portfolio was instituted with the support of the Hastings Community Foundation.
As a result of these donations, over time several scholarships in the HPS Foundation scholarship portfolio have been endowed (requiring a minimum investment of $10,000.) In an endowment, the principal is always maintained. Earnings on the principal supply funds to provide scholarships. However, in most years, a portion of these earnings are returned to the principal so that the endowment continues to grow. This provides a hedge against inflation and, over time, allows for an increase in the value of the scholarships awarded. Thus, endowed HPS Foundation scholarships are in a state of perpetual growth.
Taken together the scholarship package offered though the Hastings Public Schools Foundation has grown from a total of $8,250 awarded in 2010 to a record high of $65,750 awarded in 2016. Presently scholarship values range from $500 to $7,500. Some of the scholarships are supported by yearly private donations; the remainder are funded through endowed scholarship funds and matching funds provided by the Kinman-Oldfeld Family Foundation, Hastings College and Central Community College.
Anytime the Kinman-Oldfield Family Trust is listed above, this denotes that they provided dollars that enhanced those specific scholarships.
HPS Foundation "Extends the Horizon of Opportunity" for HPS Graduates!
The Hastings Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors is extremely proud of our 4-year scholarships and the students who receive this support over a four-year period. Sharing their progress with you, our readers, is one way that we can honor these scholars, share their successes, and provide examples of why the HPS Foundation scholarship program is so important. Finally the Foundation believes that this is another way to thank the donors who support our entire scholarship program.
Class of 2013
I chose Fort Hays State University because the Speech Language Pathology Department is wonderful. The department also has a graduate school program and an on-campus clinic where a majority of my instructors and professors provide services. I am majoring in pre-speech language pathology and entering my second year of college. I have added a minor in psychology.
So far I have been taking classes continuously, including summer classes. I have completed credits above the normal class load during both the fall and spring semesters. I am working my hardest academically and have been invited to join both the Fort Hays Honor Society and also the National Collegiate Honor Society. I am hopefully going to join the student organization of the American Speech and Hearing Association within the next year.
Thank you for everything the Foundation is doing for my peers and me!
This last school year has been a blast for me! I am attending school up in St. Paul, Minnesota and I have had a wonderful time in a beautiful place.
I took a lower number of credits first semester in order to ease my transition, but I was also involved in band and choir and had a great time meeting new people.
Second semester, I took a heavier class load, and I really loved learning how to manage my time and work hard. I made some really close friends this last semester as well. I managed to get mostly A’s both semesters.
Next school year, I am going to be an orientation leader and will be helping with the incoming freshmen. I made it into the top choir and will also be pursuing some opera training. As of the fall semester, I will add a minor in Spanish and take some of those classes. I will be taking a lot of classes and credits as well as working on campus, but I am very excited about the year ahead. Thank you again for your support.
Class of 2013
I have just recently completed my sophomore at Hastings College as a physics major and a mathematics minor. I am enjoying the professional field that I am entering and want to pursue a degree in mechanical or electrical engineering after my time here at Hastings. I recently became a member of the student senate on campus, where I will be a representative for the science department.
A good experience I had this year was during my January Interim class. Being a physics major I was required to take the Advanced Laboratory course. This course consisted of conducting four rigorous labs in about 10 days. These labs were time consuming and required extensive reports. After the 10 days we took a trip to Chicago for about a week. While there we toured two national research laboratories as well as several museums and tourist attractions. This summer I was offered a research internship at Kansas State University in the Chemical Engineering Department. I am assisting in the research of using carbon nanotubes as new materials for energy storage in batteries. This will be a good experience for me as I approach graduate level studies in the near future and will furthermore strengthen my resume. I will also be able to get my foot in the door of an engineering department so that I can expand my knowledge and interests in engineering fields.
Attending graduate school to pursue an engineering degree could be very expensive. With the help of the Ardyce Bohlke Memorial Scholarship, I am able to put money I would spend at HC aside to help pay for my graduate studies. Personally, I would like to thank the Hastings Public Schools Foundation for all of the assistance they have given me and for all of the work that they do for our community. This scholarship is truly helping me achieve my education and career goals. I am honored to receive this award every year.
range in value $250-$4,000
$52,052 total awarded
range in value $500-$4,000
$40,500 total awarded
Marika Van Brocklin
range in value $250-$4,000
$32,750 total awarded
range in value $250-$1,000
$9,750 total awarded
range in value $250-$1,000
$10,250 total awarded
range in value $250-$500
$8,250 total awarded
Bailey Jo Kreager