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Sewell Louis B Endowed Math Scholarship

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This scholarship was established by Mrs. Betty Sewell in loving memory of her husband. Lou Sewell was born in Hornersville, Missouri, in 1925 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After military service, he pursued a career in education, having been inspired by his father who was a superintendent of schools. Lou received a BSE in Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1949. He also attended the University of Cincinnati and Washington University in St. Louis under a National Science Foundation grant. He received an MA from Washington University and completed additional postgraduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Bowdoin College in Maine. Upon completing his education, Lou taught Mathematics at the high school in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, from 1956 to 1961. From 1961 through 1986, he taught Mathematics at Southeast Missouri State University, from which he retired as Assistant Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University pursuing a degree in Mathematics or Math Education who maintains a minimum 2.75 GPA. First preference shall be given to a student from Southeast Missouri. This scholarship is renewable, but recipients must reapply each year.

Thompson Rubye Howlett Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Colonel and Mrs. Miles H. Thompson as a memorial to his mother, Rubye Howlett Thompson. She was a dedicated teacher and County Superintendent of Schools in Mississippi County during the 1920s and was a strong force in shaping the public schools of southeast Missouri.

The Thompson Scholarship is available to graduates of high schools in Mississippi County who major in elementary or secondary education and intend to enter into the teaching program. Recipients of this scholarship must have a current FAFSA Family Financial Statement on file. This award is based on academic excellence and financial need.

Veterans Plaza Memorial Scholarship

The Veterans Plaza Memorial Scholarship was made possible due to generous donations and from the purchase of the commemorative engraved bricks honoring the military service of Southeast alumni, friends, family members and others.

Dedicated on September 25, 2020, the Veterans Plaza stands as a physical reminder of the Universitys gratitude for veterans of all eras. The Plaza consists of a central stone and plaque honoring past, present and future military members, and the commemorative engraved bricks. The U.S. flag, POW/MIA flag, the Missouri state flag, and flags representing the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Space Force are displayed.

The Veterans Plaza is located on Southeasts campus between Academic Hall and Memorial Hall.

Thank you to the SEMO Vets Corps, alumni, and the Student Veterans Organization to help make this possible.

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with financial need. The scholarship does not have to be tuition specific. First preference for this scholarship will be a military veteran of any U.S. branch of armed forces. Second preference should be active U.S. military personnel. Third preference should be the spouse of a U.S. military veteran or active U.S. military personnel. Fourth preference should be to a first-generation child of a U.S. military veteran.

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Presidential Rotary Scholarship Fund

The Presidential Rotary Scholarship Fund was created as a joint sponsorship between Southeast Missouri State University and Cape West Rotary for an annual golf tournament that sponsors student scholarships at Southeast. Through 2013, over $850,000 has been raised to support scholarships through tournament fees and sponsorships.

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a junior and majoring in cybersecurity from Cape Girardeau County. Second preference is for a junior majoring in cybersecurity from the University service area. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. This scholarship is renewable, but recipients must reapply each year.

Bkd Endowed Scholarship In Accounting

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BKD, LLP was founded in 1923 with headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, and 33 offices located throughout the United States. The mission of BKD is to always strive in providing services to clients, create rewarding career opportunities and maintain sound professional, business and financial standards.

BKD, LLP, a national CPA and advisory firm, helps people and businesses realize their goals. Dedicated professionals offer solutions for clients, in all 50 states and internationally. BKD and its subsidiaries offer clients a variety of services in accounting, audit and assurance, tax, risk management, technology, corporate finance, forensic and valuations services and wealth management.

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a junior or senior student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who majors in Accounting. The student must have completed Intermediate Accounting I, have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and demonstrated leadership ability.

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Sport Management Endowed Scholarship

The Sport Management Fund Run was jointly established by Dr. Beth Easter and her students for the dual purpose of providing sport management students at Southeast Missouri State University practical experience in planning and staging a sporting event and to benefit the Sport Management Major Scholarship Fund. During the spring semester of 2005, students in Dr. Easters Fundamentals of Sport Delivery Systems developed a plan to improve awareness of the sport management major through a student-organized promotional event. After the course, students identified the best plan choosing a 5K race over a basketball tournament, softball tournament, golf tournament, or sports trivia night. David Bommarito, Nikki Clayton, Joe Hussman and Mike Durbin were recognized and thanked for their work along with their classmates: Cody Bova, Stephen Carter, Brian Correnti, Josh Hoehn, Brandon Isaacs, Heidi Jett, Andrew Lambert, Brent Lewis, Seth McDowell, Eric Peggs, Michael Roslen, David Schmelig, and Tyler Wagner.

Dr. K. T. Kim and his students developed the first SEMO Golf Classic as the spring semester event in 2013. This annual event was hosted by the SM 360 class that included: Scott Haggerty, Shawn Heuring, Adam Bierderman, Kevin Scanlon, Jerel Bobbitt, Jessica Seyller, Charles Bohannon, Dustin Wilder, Dillan Doza, Remond Willis, Fallon English, Taylor Masterson, Joshua Hall, Eric Martin, Cheyenne Henderson, and Tyler Peoples.

Gohn Michael And Terry Football Scholarship

The recipient of this scholarship must be a football student-athlete. First preference will be for a student whose hometown is in Southeast Missouri. Second preference will be for a student whose hometown is in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area. Third preference will be for a student whose hometown is in Missouri. Fourth preference will be for any football student-athlete.

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Mcneely Sue Harbison Dance Scholarship

Sue Harbison McNeely was born in Clayton, Missouri, and has resided in Cape Girardeau since 1953. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University. While at the university, she was a charter member of the Terpsichore Dance Club, a member of the Student Council, and a member of the Kappa Pi art fraternity. Sue choreographed numerous dance programs and musicals and was Sagamore Queen in 1952. Following graduation, she taught art, dance, and physical education at the elementary and high school levels in Illinois and Missouri. She did graduate work at the university in the 1970s and had a one-woman art exhibit in Mayan pottery. In addition, she did move to music work with patients at a mental health center. Sue is past president of Chapter FY, P.E.O. and a deacon at First Presbyterian Church. She and Don McNeely were married in 1953, and they have two daughters, Donna and Laura, and two grandchildren. Sue and Don enjoy alpine skiing and hosting travel groups on trips to many parts of the world.

Flentge Richard W Memorial Athletic Scholarship

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This scholarship was established by the Richard W. Flentge family. Richard was a Cape Central High School graduate and received his B.S. in Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1954. He played football for the University all four years and was named All MIAA. He was an assistant football coach in 1953. He was a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Booster Club since its inception and served as president. He was the owner of Flentge’s Home Appliances Sale and Service in Cape Girardeau.

The recipient of this scholarship must be a football player and a Missouri resident. The scholarship will be selected by the Athletic Director, Athletic Department, and the Head Football Coach.

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Glenn Wanda And Robert Chamberlain Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who graduated from Puxico High School who has financial need as verified by the FAFSA. Non-traditional students do not qualify for the award. If there are no applicants from the aforementioned high school, the scholarship may be awarded to students graduating from a high school located in Washington/St. Francois County south through the Bootheel to the Missouri/Arkansas state line who have financial need as verified by the FAFSA. Students who receive this award shall have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Gifford Robert Low Brass Endowed Scholarship

Professor Emeritus of Music Dr. Robert M. Gifford served the University from 1981-2004 in various positions, including Instructor of Low Brass, Director of Bands, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion, and Conductor or the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

This scholarship shall be open to freshmen music majors whose major instrument is trombone, euphonium, or tuba.

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Althaus Dr Rickert R Scholarship In Political Science

Rick Althaus joined the Department of Political Science in 1980. His two main areas of emphasis are public administration and public policy. He has an undergraduate degree in agriculture, and much of his research and writing has dealt with agricultural policies and politics. His textbook chapter on Missouri state agricultural policy is found in Missouri Government and Politics, published by the University of Missouri Press. He teaches public administration and public personnel administration at the graduate level and also advises students in the department’s Master of Science in Administration program. He enjoys working with students outside the classroom and has advised several student organizations in recent years, including the Political Science Club, the Model United Nations group, and the College Democrats. He is a former Chairperson of the Department, is a longtime current member of the Faculty Senate, and has been active in the university’s quality improvement movement as well as several other campus committees. He supervises the Department’s internship program in the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City. Dr. Althaus retired in May 2018 as Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student attending Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Political Science or a graduate student in the MPA program with a 3.0 or greater GPA.

Rau Paul W And Jean Zimmerman Scholarship

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The Raus were longtime Cape Girardeau County residents and prosperous business people. They operated the Rau Orchards in North Cape County for many years. With this award, the Raus are giving back to this area some of the benefits they received and richly deserved.

The Rau Scholarship is awarded to deserving students of the University who are training to become teachers.

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Wiseman Evelyn M Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Evelyn M. Wiseman passed away in 2018, leaving her legacy in the establishment of the Evelyn M. Wiseman Endowed Nursing Scholarship and the Evelyn M. Wiseman Endowed Criminal Justice Scholarship.

Evelyn was born in Cape Girardeau to Alvin and Florence Ringwald. She married Ben Wiseman, and they had one son, Ben.

The recipient of this scholarship will be a student admitted to an undergraduate or graduate program in Nursing.

Hekmat Firooz Marketing/international Business Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Firooz-Hekmat and friends in honor of Dr. Firooz Hekmat. Dr. Firooz Hekmat, born in Tehran, Iran, was a Professor of Marketing at Southeast Missouri State University from 1983 until 1995. Dr. Hekmat was a strong advocate of student learning and becoming the best possible at whatever was attempted.

First preference will be given to an international student who has completed a minimum of 60 hours with a declared major in Marketing or International Business with a minor in Marketing. Second preference will be given to an American student participating in one of the Harrison College of Business and Computing’s approved international programs. Third preference will be given to a student participating in one of the approved International Business Study Tours. Financial need shall be a consideration.

This scholarship is awarded for University fees. Along with the required application, the scholarship selection committee will interview the top candidates before making the award. The Marketing Department Chairperson, Director of the International Business Programs, and one appointed faculty member of the Harrison College of Business and Computing will serve as the scholarship selection committee.

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Curtis Dalton Rusty B Jr Scholarship

During the 38 years he was at the Subic Bay naval facility engaged in teaching and scholarship, Rusty spent 25 years as a naval officer, achieving the rank of captain. Trained as a submariner, he served onboard the USS Sirago SS485 and, later, as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut. His naval reserve career included positions with the Military Sealift Command and as a historian at the Naval Historical Center. After his naval career, he led a group of naval historians and a naval artist to the Subic Bay naval facility on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines to collect documents and artifacts, and to conduct interviews for the Naval Historical Center Archives six months before the facility was turned over to the government of the Philippines.

This scholarship has been established in Rusty’s honor by his loving wife Marilyn Curtis upon his retirement from Southeast Missouri State University.

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student attending Southeast Missouri State University majoring in History, Historic Preservation, or Social Studies Education with a 3.25 or greater GPA. Financial need is preferred but not required.

Hartsfield Clayton And Mamie Memorial Scholarship

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After spending four years with the Southwestern Bell System, Hartsfield relocated to Jefferson City, Missouri where he held several management positions with the United Telephone Company. From 1991 until his retirement in 2009, he served as the President/CEO of the local YMCA. From 1979 until 1987, Hartsfield was the mayor of Jefferson City. He and his wife, Paula, have one daughter and two grandchildren. George and Paula both enjoy reading, volunteer work, and travel.

Joann McCurter graduated from the Clarkton, Missouri High School. She and her husband, Bo, reside in Malden, Missouri where they have operated several small businesses. She has been, and remains, active in city and county politics. She can be found working at the polls every election. From 1970 until 1975, she served as the Collector for the city of Malden. From 1989 until 1995, Mrs. McCurter held the position of Collector for Cotton Hill Township.

The McCurters have one daughter, a grandson, and a great-grandson. Mrs. McCurter enjoys taking care of great-grandson Keaton and managing their rental property.

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Herndon Meghan Memorial Scholarship

Meghan Herndon began her senior season as a starting defender on the Southeast Missouri State University soccer team in 2012. Tragedy struck on September 9, 2012, when Meghan was involved in an accident that eventually took her life. On September 20, 2012, Meghan gave the ultimate gift of life by becoming an organ and tissue donor, continuing to make an impact on other lives.

Impossible is nothing was the mantra by which Megan lived her life, one that she put into practice at Southeast. She balanced her demanding soccer schedule with a rigorous academic curriculum. After beginning her career as a walk-on, Meghans will and determination made her a mainstay on the Southeast defense, ultimately earning her a scholarship. She stepped onto the field in 55 matches during her career, starting 39 of those contests. Off the field, Meghan was a nursing major who was placed on the OVC Commissioners Honor Roll three times. She was also a three-time Southeast Scholar-Athlete. She strived for nothing but the best, and her impact on others was evident by her involvement outside the classroom and off the soccer field with anyone with which she came in contact.

The Redhawks honored Meghan by retiring her No. 2 jersey during their alumnae match on September 20, 2013. Meghans family is hoping her legacy will live on through her scholarship and that the recipient will demonstrate similar traits, characteristics and qualities that Meghan stood for in her short but very vibrant life.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Richard Lewis Bock Scholarship

Richard Lewis Bock is a 2010 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Agribusiness Horticulture and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. His father, Lewis Bock, is a 1963 graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration majoring in Marketing and also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Recipients of this scholarship will be members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. They must be living in the Sigma Phi Epsilon on-campus fraternity house or have contracted to live in the house during the next semester. An exception to the residency requirement can be made by the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Board. If no on-campus house exists in the future, funds will be available to all members of the chapter.

The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Alumni Board, in conjunction with the Office of Greek Life will be responsible for setting additional specific internal guidelines and priorities for awarding scholarship funds on an ongoing basis. If no applicants meet these requirements or if the Alumni Board decides not to award the entire amount of scholarship funds the remaining funds will be rolled over and combined into the following year’s funds.

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Wilkison Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Wilkison Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in support of the continuing mission of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation and in honor of a family of education, scientist and artisan graduates of Southeast Missouri State University, and the State University System of Missouri.

Though not a graduate of Southeast, William Wilkison, Sr., graduated from Central Missouri State with a B.S. in Music and minor in Physics. He later earned a Masters in Education from Washington University, St. Louis, and enjoyed a 40-plus-year career as a dedicated classroom instructor in the Sikeston Public Schools system, retiring as the Coordinator of Math and Science Curriculum for the School System.

Bill Wilkison , graduated from Southeast in 1965 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Math . While at Southeast, Bill enjoyed a wide variety of activities and graduated as a member of the Mens Honor Fraternity, Cardinal Key. Following graduate school at the University of Kansas, Bill went on to a successful 30-plus-year career with Celanese Chemical Company in numerous locations in Texas. This was followed by a partnership with friends to establish a private company that, through a series of acquisitions and mergers across another 10 years, became a business unit in DuPont. Bill was president of that business until full retirement in 2005.

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