Special to Reflector-Chronicle
Four county high school seniors will receive $7,500 distributed over four years to further their educations at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays thanks to Joe and June Nold of Abilene who recently established a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of Dickinson County.
The scholarships will assist youth who plan to major in any field at FHSU and who are Dickinson County residents and graduating seniors of any public, private, or home school high school within the county.
“Fort Hays State University is one of the best kept secrets in the state,” Joe Nold said, adding that his alma mater offers excellent academic opportunities, a superior campus, and a great value in regards to tuition and fees as compared to other state universities.
The Nolds met while both were attending Fort Hays State University where Joe received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts in 1962. The two married and June finished her degree at San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. She taught elementary school in California and Kansas while Joe rose to the position of executive vice president with The Coleman Company, Wichita.
Since retiring to Joe’s hometown of Abilene, the Nolds have volunteered many hours to the betterment of the county, including June serving as president of the Arts Council of Dickinson County and Joe serving as a Dickinson County Commissioner. The two are Founders of the Community Foundation and Joe is a past chairman of its board of directors.
“We believe the Foundation is important to the community, and by community I mean the entire county,” Joe said.
The couple said they chose to establish this scholarship with the Foundation because they value the youth in the county and the educational opportunities afforded them at Fort Hays State University.
Kristine Meyer, Community Foundation of Dickinson County president, said it is an honor to be chosen to administer the scholarship for the couple.
“As Founders of the Community Foundation, the Nolds have believed in and supported our organization from the very beginning,” Meyer said. “On behalf of the Foundation’s board of directors I sincerely thank Joe and June for this significant gift.”
Meyer said the Nold Scholarship is a perfect example of how a family can tailor a fund to support their very specific charitable giving goals, adding the staff of the Community Foundation has the local expertise to bring these charitable goals to fruition to benefit the community.
Any graduating senior of a public or private high school or home school program in Dickinson County and who is a Dickinson County resident planning to attend Fort Hays State University may apply for the Nold Scholarship with applications found on the websites of or in the guidance counselor offices in the public high schools.
Established in 1999, the Community Foundation currently stewards $5 million in charitable assets – the result of contributions from families, individuals and businesses who care about our community. The Foundation makes charitable giving easy, flexible and effective.