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Hansen Scholarship Program Announced

hansen museumThe Dane G. Hansen Foundation has announced a significant increase in the scholarship stipends for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation will make 280 scholarships available in five categories to students in 26 Northwest Kansas counties for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students from an accredited high school, registered independent, private or home school in one of the following 26 counties are eligible to apply: Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wallace.

Scholarships available for students who will graduate in the current academic year are:

Ten Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships with annual stipends will increase from $6500 to $10,000 renewable for three additional years if criteria established by the Scholarship Committee are met. Recipients must attend an accredited four-year public, private or church related Kansas college or university.

Fifty Hansen Scholar Scholarships with increase stipends from $4000 to $6500 renewable for one additional year, providing the recipients have achieved at least a 3.00 GPA at the college level. Recipients must attend an accredited four-year public, private or church related Kansas college or university.

One hundred Hansen Student Scholarships with increase stipends from $3000 to $4000 renewable for one additional year, providing the recipients have achieved at least a 3.00 GPA at the college level. Recipients must attend an accredited community, public, private or church related college or university in Kansas.

To qualify for the above scholarships, a student must have taken the ACT test and have a composite score of 21 or higher and have at least a 3.50 GPA (unweighted). The student should be an active participant in extracurricular school and community activities, display good citizenship, leadership, and moral integrity.

Students planning to enter the competition for Leaders of Tomorrow, Hansen Scholar or Hansen Student scholarships must register at their school and take the qualifying test at locations to be announced. Information on all scholarships has been sent to qualifying area schools. Tentative test dates have been set for September 10 and 11, 2014.

One hundred Hansen Career and Technical Education Scholarships with increase stipends from $2000 (non-renewable) to $4000 renewable for one additional year, providing the recipients have achieved at least a 3.00 GPA at the college level. Career and Technical Education Scholarships are available to encourage high school seniors who seek competence through career training. An applicant for the Career and Technical Education Scholarship must complete an application form that is available from the high school counselor or it can be downloaded from www.danehansenfoundation.org. The Scholarship Committee is interested in the student's character, activities and goals. Applicants for the Hansen Career and Technical Education Scholarship are not required to take a qualifying test. A 3.50 GPA is not necessary to apply for this scholarship. Recipients may enroll in any career and technical education program, in any Kansas school, as long as it is not leading to a four-year degree.

In addition to the scholarships offered to high school seniors, the Hansen Foundation will also award twenty Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarships with increase stipends from $3000 to $4000 each. These scholarships are available for Kansas Community or Technical College students. Community College students must have completed a minimum of 32 hours of college credit by the Spring of 2015 and Technical College students must have completed an associate of applied science degree before transferring to an accredited four-year public, private or church related Kansas college or university. Each Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarship may be renewed for one year upon completion of satisfactory work as evaluated by the Scholarship Committee. Students may obtain application forms at the office of the Dean of Student Services at the Community College or Technical College Student Services or it can be downloaded from www.danehansenfoundation.org.

Through scholarships the Trustees of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation encourage good citizenship and high achievement in academic endeavors. Improvement of educational opportunities for students in Western Kansas ranks high among the objectives of the Trustees of the Hansen Foundation.

The Hansen Foundation is in its 40th year of service to the young people of Northwest Kansas through the insight and generosity of the late Dane G. Hansen of Logan, Kansas. The book "Dane Gray Hansen: Titan of Northwest Kansas," by Billy M. Jones (1962) describes Dane G. Hansen and his contributions to Northwest Kansas.

All students that are interested in the Scholarship Program should visit www.danehansenfoundation.org for more information.

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