Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort
Scott Community College Endowment Board hosted the annual Endowment Dinner on
Thursday night. Over 300 scholarship
recipients, college staff and donors to the FSCC Endowment attended.
Lyons, Director of Development, said of the event, “We had an amazing
turnout! We are proud to showcase the
students that the college’s generous donors have sponsored via scholarships and
other funding. It is an honor and a privilege to bring together two of FSCC’s
most important groups, the donors and the students, together for the evening.”
began with a greeting by Lyons and an invocation by Board of Trustees member
Robert Nelson. Dinner was a repast of carved roast beef and stuffed pork loin
catered by Great Western Dining and Dan Karczewski. Spirit Squad members and members of the
President’s Ambassadors greeted guests and served drinks and dessert.
dessert, students and donors were invited to the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center
Theatre. Interim President Dick Hedges
greeted attendees, scholarship recipients were recognized and donors were
thanked. Ellen Steinbarger, student and Phi Theta Kappa president, spoke on the
importance of FSCC’s scholarship endowments in her life and the lives of other
students. Steinbarger is a very active
student and the recipient of several endowed scholarships.
a recipient of the Meeks Family Scholarship, and Sarah Mae Lamar, Director of
Theatre, sang “For Good” (from the musical “Wicked”). Ronda Bailey, FSCC faculty, was the
final speaker was Jo Ann Thomas. Thomas’
extensive education began as a student at the Mercy School of Nursing. Thomas
went on to earn a Master’s in Nursing at the University of Kansas. She worked with Mercy Hospital clinically and
with the administration; she has served as Chief Operations Officer and interim
Chief Executive Officer of Health Midwest; and she is a former Director of
FSCC’s Nursing Program. Thomas has also served
on the Kansas State Board of Nursing, the Kansas State Nurses Association and
the Kansas Organization of Nursing Leaders.
spoke on the importance of the nursing program in her professional and personal
development. Part of her speech was devoted to the need for
endowments and scholarships on the community college level. Thomas also
highlighted the extremely generous donation by Noreen Snyder (class of 1942) to
the FSCC Nursing Program.