Annette P. Seigel Heller Endowed Scholarship Established at Southeast

Whitaker classroomCAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, March 23, 2015 – The Annette P. Seigel Heller Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Heller of Chesterfield, Missouri, made a $5,000 gift to establish the award. Her gift was matched with an additional $5,000 through a University matching gift program as part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for the match.

The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with financial need. Applicants must have a 2.0 minimum grade point average. The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Heller is a 1967 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Law.

Heller is an experienced and established trademark attorney, serving clients in the St. Louis, Missouri, area and across the United States. She has been practicing since 1976 and worked for Ralston Purina as an in-house trademark and copyright counsel until 1983 when she started the Law Offices of Annette P. Heller. She primarily represents individuals, small to medium size companies and law firms that do not have trademark or copyright expertise within their firm. Her practice is limited to trademark, copyright and unfair competition law.

Heller is among the top trademark attorneys in the United States in the number of applications filed with the United States Trademark Office.  She has been the recipient of the Trademark Insider Award for top ranking in the nation for the number of new trademark applications received at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has filed more than 3,300 trademark applications and successfully registered more than 2,200. In addition, she has handled more than 225 oppositions and cancellations in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

She is a recipient of the St. Louis Salutes Award presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association. She also has served as a member of the Southeast Missouri State University National Alumni Council and the St. Louis Executive Committee.  While a student at Southeast, she was President of the Student Activities Council and Black Mask. Heller and her husband, Jack, have two children, Becki Heller, who is a director of Digital and Social Media Marketing for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency and Dr. Mark Heller, an emergency room physician and entrepreneur.

For additional information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.