What a Scholarship Can Do
For many Southeast Missouri State University students, getting a college degree wouldn't be an option without the alumni and friends who support students with scholarship funding.
The university recently announced a comprehensive campaign, Honoring Tradition—Inspiring Success, to raise $40 million for student scholarships, academic programs and renovations that benefit students both today and tomorrow. This campaign will ensure that students achieve their goal of a higher education degree.
Discover the far-reaching impact one scholarship made through recent graduate, Jessica Winkle, who recently began her career as a high school math teacher. Click on her name above to watch a short video clip where she shares her story. Jessica is just one of many Southeast students who are able to do great things because of the help they receive from Southeast alumni and friends.
To date, the campaign has raised more than $30 million toward its $40 million goal. Southeast is asking all alumni and friends to be part of this special endeavor by taking advantage of a very unique opportunity to inspire success in our students. As a result of a gift by a very generous donor, we are able to offer a matching program for donations that establish an endowed scholarship or add to existing endowed scholarships.
Don and Gloria LaFerla were so touched by Jessica's gratitude that they took advantage of the matching gift opportunity to surprise her with her very own endowed scholarship.
"I continue to be speechless by their generosity," Jessica says. "The idea that I will now get to help other students with their education, meet them and hear their stories, is truly a gift I will treasure. The LaFerlas continue to bless me, and I will work to repay their generosity by instilling a love of education in my students and in my future scholarship recipients."
If you are interested in more information about this exciting chance to take advantage of this matching gift program, please contact Trudy G. Lee, Ed.D. at 573.651.5935 or 888.812.3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.