Douglas M. Smith and Donna D. DeMayo Student-Athlete Scholarship Established

SEMO v Evansville CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 30, 2014 – The Douglas M. Smith and Donna D. DeMayo Student-Athlete Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Douglas Smith and Donna DeMayo of Vienna, Va., made a $10,000 pledge to establish the scholarship. His pledge will be matched with an additional $10,000 through a University matching gift program.

The matching gift program is 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 a donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for a $1-for-$1 match. The goal of the Campaign is to raise $40 million for student scholarships, academic programs and renovations that benefit students both today and tomorrow.

The recipient of the renewable Douglas M. Smith and Donna D. DeMayo Student-Athlete Scholarship will be a student-athlete enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with a minimum 2.5 grade point average who is on the women’s soccer team. Second preference will go to a female athlete with financial need playing on a University-sponsored team, maintaining at least a 2.5 grade point average. The recipient will be selected by the Athletic Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the head women’s soccer coach.

Douglas Smith and Donna DeMayo were student athletes in high school. Smith also played football at Southeast and later joined DeMayo on a co-ed soccer team in an adult league in Maryland. They are avid scuba divers as well. Smith is a 1970 Southeast graduate, and DeMayo graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. They are retired from U.S. Government and commercial corporate work, and travel as often as possible.   For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.