February 19, 2013
Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole has created a fund with the FHSU Foundation named the Norma Jean Dole Steele and Gloria Dole Nelson Scholarship in memory of his sisters, both of whom passed away in 2012.
"Both Gloria and Norma Jean had children, and they encouraged them to seek the best education possible," Dole said of his decision to create the scholarship in their name.
The new scholarship creates a legacy for the Dole family in their home area on the western plains, and it will ease the financial burden for the students who receive it.
"Bob Dole is a long-time friend, both to me and to Fort Hays State University," said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president. "We cherish our relationship with the Dole family. This scholarship fund is the latest expression of their generosity, and it confirms their belief in the importance of higher education."
All undergraduate students from Russell County or who have graduated from Russell High School, in any course of study, are eligible for the $1,000 annual scholarships. Students with disabilities will be given the highest priority. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required.
The first scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2013 semester, and qualified students can re-apply. Students from Russell County who have completed the FHSU scholarship application are automatically considered.