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We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to Southeast Missouri State University. Here are their stories.

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Gift of Life Insurance Allows Reverend To Leave Legacy

Proud alumni creates scholarship, uses innovative tool to show support for Southeast.

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Telling the Story of a Lifetime

“Leaving a legacy through a philanthropic gift not only involves deciding how to allocate your assets but also how to pass on what is truly important to you—your values, your ideals, your special story,” shares Trudy Lee.

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

At only 25, Parker Butler ’16 knew the importance of making a difference for the university that had given him so much. As a student and later as a staff member, he saw the impact legacy gifts had on Southeast and knew he wanted to do the same.

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Southeast Planned Giving Donors Leave Their Legacies

Thanks to the generosity of our planned gift donors, SEMO had one of its most successful fundraising years ever—and students, athletics, and departments around the University will benefit.

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Southeast Alum Wants to Help Students Find Their Passion

SEMO gave Bridgette Kelch a well-rounded education and a fulfilling career, so she's giving back so others will benefit.

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We Can’t Do It Without You

We want to highlight our donors' stories on why you support Southeast students. We have a short form where you can share your thoughts and experiences. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Veterans Plaza Dedicated at Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast is proud to be home to the newly dedicated Veterans Plaza. See how this special place came to fruition and how it honors those who have served in the military.

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Friends and Family Honor the Memory of 'Cape’s Favorite Mixologist'

Marcellus Jones' infectious smile, warm personality and ability to connect with others made him many friends. After he passed away in 2018, friends and family all over the world rallied to create something to honor his memory.

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Planning Ahead Leaves Behind a Wonderful Legacy

Dewain Brucker loved all things agriculture, so much so that he gifted his entire estate to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to benefit future students.

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SEMO Giving Day is a Great Success

The Southeast Missouri University Foundation's one-day campaign met and exceeded expectations thanks to generous gift matching.

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The Adventure of a Lifetime

With an interest in learning other languages and understanding the world, Mannat found herself on the adventure of a lifetime when studying abroad in Spain.

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Your Gift Matters to Courtney

When you support Southeast with an estate gift, you ensure that students like Courtney Taylor '19 can afford to earn their degrees and go on to lead lives of change and impact.

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Honoring an Educator and a Father

Dr. Craig Morgan wanted to find a way to honor his father, retired Southeast professor Dr. Willard Morgan, with a unique gift. He found the perfect solution by creating an endowed scholarship for students at Southeast Missouri State.

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Southeast Alumni Pay it Forward

Southeast Missouri State University alumni Tom and Julie Wood of St. Louis, Mo., wanted to give back to the University that had given them so much.

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Southeast Alum Creates Teaching Scholarship

Southeast grad and teacher Bob Depro has created an endowed scholarship for education students at Southeast Missouri State University.

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