A Gift to Last Beyond a Lifetime
Hundreds of Southeast Students to Receive Scholarships
If you remember professor James Drickey, Ph.D., from your time at Southeast, chances are he made an impact on what you are doing today. During James' 35-year career as a professor at Southeast, he certainly influenced and guided many students to successful careers in education and psychology.
From 1956 to 1991, James shared his passion for education with Southeast students in the classroom. In 2013, James passed away, but his legacy will continue to make a real difference at Southeast.
Crafting a Meaningful Gift
More than a decade after his retirement, James felt he could continue to make a difference at Southeast by taking up a slightly different role.
Having grown up in a family without the financial means to support his educational dreams, James was fully aware of the importance of scholarships to students wanting to pursue a higher education.
In 2004, James worked with Southeast Missouri University Foundation to establish two endowed scholarships—the Dr. James M. Drickey Elementary Education Scholarship and the Dr. James M. Drickey Psychology Scholarship.
For the rest of his life James enjoyed knowing that students were benefiting from these scholarships every year.
The Impact of a Legacy
James' generosity was not fully realized until the summer of 2014, when the foundation received a $4.4 million gift from his estate to add to these endowments.
By designating Southeast Missouri University Foundation as the residuary beneficiary of his estate, James has ensured that generations of Southeast students will have the opportunity to pursue their educational and career goals.
The Dr. James M. Drickey Elementary Education Scholarship will provide more than $100,000 to elementary education majors each year.
The more than 100 elementary education students meeting scholarship criteria will receive $200 this fall to assist with leasing an iPad as part of the College of Education's EDvolution. Other students will receive financial assistance to participate in a new student teaching experience in Iquique, Chile, and another opportunity at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C. think tank.
The Dr. James M. Drickey Psychology Scholarship will provide more than $100,000 to students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in psychology.
As professor emeritus of psychology, James would be pleased to know his generous gift comes at a time of growth and expansion in the department of psychology.
These scholarships will support deserving students who might not otherwise be able to afford to achieve their goals, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level—for students will have the opportunity to enter a new master's degree program beginning in fall 2016.
Join the Movement
James' gift is part of Southeast's Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Success comprehensive campaign, through which many alumni, faculty, staff and friends have generously provided support for Southeast students.
"Our success to date with the campaign is a direct result of donors and alumni responding to our call to help student," President Kenneth W. Dobbins noted during homecoming 2014. "This is, and continues to be, a hallmark of Southeast Missouri State University—people helping people—making a difference in people's lives."
Southeast's Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Success comprehensive campaign continues through June 30, 2015.
Make a Difference
By giving to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation you are helping to make sure that no deserving Southeast student cannot afford his or her education.
A planned gift benefitting the foundation will help support the opportunities that make Southeast a world-class academic institution. A gift through your will or trust is an easy way to give back that won't have you giving up assets today.
Contact Trudy G. Lee, Ed.D. at 573.651.5935 or 888.812.3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org for personalized information on a giving plan that fits your lifestyle.