G. Hansen Educational Scholarships
When Dane G.
Hansen died on his 82nd birthday in 1965, he left the bulk of his
fortune to a charitable foundation. Among his many charitable interests
during a long and active lifetime were young people and education.
Recognizing his concern for people, the Trustees of the Hansen Foundation
authorized a "Hansen Scholarship Program" which will annually
offer scholarships to be used for students from this area. The full
details of this program are explained in this site. Any student
who meets the general criteria is eligible to apply. There will
be no distinctions drawn on religion, color, creed, or station in
That is the
way Mr. Hansen would have wanted it. As a son of immigrant parents
who came from Denmark to establish a home on the Kansas frontier
in 1872, Dane G. was born to Peter and Alpha Gray Hansen at Logan,
Kansas, January 6, 1883. He lived and worked all of his life within
a stones throw of this birthplace, and it is fitting that
the magnificent Dane G. Hansen Museum is built on the block where
he was born.
Dane G. Hansen
joined his parents in the mercantile business in 1905, and later
branched out into ranching, cattle breeding and raising mules. Since
earth moving was done by mule teams, he started an earth-moving
business which evolved into road and bridge construction. In this
field, his business spread over a wide area of Northwest Kansasthe
26 counties from which Dane G. Hansen Scholarship recipients will
In the 1930s
Mr. Hansen went into oil development and was one of the largest
independent oil producers in Kansas at the time of his death. Most
of his oil production was concentrated in Norton, Phillips, Graham,
and Rooks counties.
Hansen never sought or desired public office, he was civic minded
and served with distinction in many ways. As a personal friend of
former President Dwight Eisenhower, Mr. Hansen was a member of the
Presidents Commission on Inter-Governmental Relation in 1954
and 1955 and a Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Eisenhower
Mr. Hansen was
always interested in young people. He established the Dane G. Hansen
Boy Scout Camp at Kirwin and maintained scholarships for graduates
of Logan High School. His generosity toward church, civic and school
related activities in his home community were legendary. In addition
to being active in civic organizations in his home community, Mr.
Hansen served as Vice-President and Director of the Kansas Independent
Oil and Gas Association, Chairman of the Kansas Contractors Association
Pension Trust Plan, and Past President of the Kansas Day Club.
Dane G. Hansen
was a man who amassed an enormous fortune without losing the common
touch. He was sincere and industrious. He was an astute businessman
who knew the value of a dollar and insisted on honest workmanship.
At the same time, he was generous in his personal relationships
and had friends - good friends - in all walks of life.
Mr. Hansen stood
tall among his fellow men -dignified but never austere, straight
but not unbending, forthright but compassionate. He was an outstanding
citizen in every sense of the word, and the Trustees of the Hansen
Foundation believe he would be pleased that his fortune can now
be used to help others.
improvement of educational opportunities for students in the area
he loved ranks high among these objectives of the Trustees of the
Hansen Foundation. It is the purpose of the Scholarship Committee
appointed by the Foundation Trustees to make selection of the award
winners without discrimination in any form. Students in stipulated
areas will be chosen for their future potential based on the factors
touched upon elsewhere in this site.
of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation hope that good citizenship and
good scholarship will be encouraged and that the attributes of the
late Dane G. Hansen will provide guidance for outstanding careers
of service to its honorees.
To carry out
the program, a Scholarship Committee comprised of four members will
determine the scholarship recipients. These members are: Delbert Stanton, Chairman, Hays: Gary Hulett, Hays: Glennys Doane, Downs and Joyce Mahin, Hays. All
have superior backgrounds in civic and public service and are well
qualified to judge the future potential of applicants for scholarships.