Alumni Association accepting nominations for 2019 alumni and friends awards program

HAYS, Kan. – Nominations are open for Fort Hays State University Alumni Association awards for 2019, presented by the Association to recognize accomplished alumni, friends, students and faculty for their achievements and service.

At Homecoming, four categories of awards are given: Alumni Achievement, Distinguished Service, Nita M. Landrum, and the Young Alumni.

The Alumni Achievement Award, established in 1959, honors graduates of the university for outstanding achievement based upon meritorious service to society or the community. The award is based upon career and professional achievements, service involving community betterment and philanthropic activities, and educational achievements. It is the university's highest recognition of its graduates.

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1974, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level; who support spiritual, cultural and educational objectives; and who endorse and exemplify the highest standards of character and personal attributes. It is reserved for alumni or friends of the university.

The Nita M. Landrum Award, established in 1994, recognizes alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association or FHSU, especially in their home communities or at any local level.

The Young Alumni Award, established in 1977, is designed to recognize graduates early in their careers who have had outstanding achievements and recent accomplishments. The award is based upon professional and educational achievements, community activities, honors and awards received and other noteworthy items of merit since graduation. Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from FHSU, be members of the 10-15 reunion classes, and be under age 40 as of Jan. 1 of the year the awards are presented.

To make a nomination for 2019, visit Both online and downloadable forms are available. Nomination deadline:  Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Established in 1916, the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association serves FHSU graduates by identifying needs and providing solutions. More than 69,000 graduates live throughout the United States and in 81 countries.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591, or by email at

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