By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
This morning, Fort Hays State University announced two large donations to the $8 million Power of One Scholarship Campaign at a press conference in Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall.
The two combined gifts equalled a total of $755,000, raising to 30 percent what the campaign has earned since its launch in mid-December.
A $600,000 gift from Jack Eades -- formerly of Stockton and a 1940 graduate of FHSU, then known as Fort Hays Kansas State College -- comes from the sale of 6 acres of land in South Carolina.
An additional $155,000, in the form of a life-income plan, came from an anonymous donor who is not an alumnus of FHSU but said "we developed a great interest in the university through our many years of partnership."
The Power of One, which FHSU President Edward Hammond says "every single dollar makes a difference," represents a 400-percent increase above normal fundraising expectations for the FHSU Foundation during a year's time.
Eades, who is in his 90s, said "the money will support students of any major or field of study."
Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the FHSU Foundation, said the two gifts represent "creative ways to donate," that donations don't have to come in the form of cash.
Chapman said there are more such donations in the works.
"I look forward to many more press conferences like this," he said.
To give to the Power of One, visit foundation.fhsu.edu and click on "Make a Gift TODAY" in the upper right-hand corner and select FHSU's Greatest Need as your area of designation, or call the foundation at (785) 628-5620.