Honors College scholarship to Dighton grad

Clayton Capra, a junior majoring in music education, has qualified for a $6,700 Ft. Hays State University Honors College Scholarship.

He is a 2013 graduate of Dighton High School.

Capra is part of the inaugural Honors College class which includes 31 students, 17 of them incoming freshmen. The program begins next fall.

They will join 12 students converting from the Distinguished Scholars Program, which the Honors College replaces. The idea in both is to provide a challenging curriculum across the range of programs for academically gifted and ambitious students. 

Eighteen of the students qualified for three scholarships created especially for the Honors College.

“We have a great incoming class, and we exceeded our incoming freshman goal by 60 percent,” said Matt Means, director of the Honors College. He also founded the predecessor Distinguished Scholars Program. 

“This is an impressive cadre of bright young minds,” said FHSU President Mirta M. Martin. “Matt Means and his team have accomplished in three and a half months what it has taken other universities 2-1/2 years to accomplish.” 

Of the college scholarship winners, two won full-ride Regents Scholarships, which provide full tuition and housing to qualifying students from in or out of state. It also provides up to $450 per semester for books. 

Twelve students qualified for $10,000 FHSU Honors College Scholarships, which provide $4,000 for tuition and fees and $6,000 toward room and board. The housing award is dependent on the student living on the honors floor established in McMindes Hall. 


Four others qualified for $6,700 FHSU Honors College Scholarships, which provide $2,700 for tuition and fees and $4,000 for housing.

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