Dr. Hall Gratefully Accepts Flag Flown Over U.S. Capitol in His Honor
U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer was on the HSU campus today to present a triangularly folded Stars and Stripes to President Lanny Hall.
The flag flew over the U.S. Capitol on September 3rd. That was the day Hall was officially installed as the 15th president of Hardin-Simmons University.
Student loans, government Pell grants and endowment scholarships were the topic s of conversation around a table in Hall's office as the Congressman sat for a brief chat prior to the flag presentation.
Neugebauer told Hall that he is concerned about the rise in government issued Pell grants given to college students who qualify economically. He says, "I don't believe this level can be sustained over a very long period of time."
Neugebauer is referring to a rise in the cap of eligibility, which means more families can qualify for the government grants. Add that to an increase in the award each family can receive for students going to college, and that is a sizable amount distributed to colleges across the country.
HSU alone projects about 550 students will receive Pell aid for around 2.4 million dollars during this 2009-2010 school year.
Hall told the congressman that HSU is working hard in the private sector by continuing to raise scholarship endowment funding for students. Hall says the endowment is on the rise again after a brief downturn this past year. Hall says the funds are again approaching record levels and dreams of the day when the endowment will generate significantly more dollars for scholarship assistance to HSU students.
Hall says he will proudly display the flag flown in his honor in a prominent spot in the president's office.