HAYS, Kan. Fort Hays State University Thursday announced progress in its effort to reach a $100 million donation goal.
That $100 million goal is par of the Journey Campaign in which money raised will go tot scholarships, athletics, academics and student life.
Fort Hays State Thursday announced it's ahead of schedule in its donation efforts with $88 million raised as of June 30.
"We're feeling very jazzed and optimistic that we'll not only meet our goal, but we'll exceed it," says Journey Campaign Co-Chair Stephen Shields.
So far, the money raised has helped to give nearly $14 million in scholarships. It also bought new buses for Fort Hays State athletes, video boards for stadiums, and improvements to academic buildings for sciences and the arts.
So far, donations are from more than 21,000 people. Brad Demers, a Fort Hays State student from Nebraska, says he's thankful for the donors' support.
"Just saying to the donors, 'thank you for coming, and thank you for giving,'" Demers says. "It's just such a great feeling."