Ness County Man Remembers His Roots and Leaves Entire Estate to Provide FHSU Scholarships

Aug 25, 2013


Lloyd Trauer spent a long time working in education.  Trauer recently announced that he is leaving his entire estate, worth more than half a million dollars, to provide scholarships reported The Topeka Capital-Journal.  According to his wishes, preference will be given to students from west of Salina, but the scholarships will be open to anyone in elementary education.

Trauer grew up in western Kansas, in the little town of Utica.  The Ness County man attended Fort Hays State University, obtaining his two year teaching certificate, which was the standard practice during that time.  He came back to teach in Utica for 11 years, and every summer he returned to FHSU, working to complete his bachelor’s degree.  He obtained his master’s degree from The University of Kansas.  Trauer retired as a principal from the Shawnee Mission School District in 1991. 

Trauer confirmed the gift with Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president.  He stipulated that his estate be used to endow scholarships for elementary education majors.

“Lloyd’s generosity is a clear indication of his belief in Fort Hays State,” Hammond said. “He represents our history of producing quality teachers and administrators, and he knows that with our current faculty, we are making a significant difference in the lives of elementary students in the western half of the state of Kansas.”