Employees Honor Long-Time Colleague

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 21, 2006 – The David Emmons Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The scholarship honors Emmons, who started his career with Facilities Management at Southeast Missouri State University in June 1973.  His most recent post was as utilities maintenance journeyman at the campus power plant.  In November 2005, Emmons’ 32-year career came to an end when he passed away due to complications that arose during surgery.

To honor Emmons and commemorate his years of service to Southeast and their department, his long-time colleagues at Facilities Management decided to raise money that would go toward a scholarship in his name.

Last summer, several fund raisers were held to build the scholarship fund.  The Facilities Management staff conducted a drawing, sold T-shirts, accepted donations and organized a golf tournament.  In all $13,500 was raised, more than enough to establish the David Emmons Memorial Scholarship. 

The scholarship is open to descendants of Emmons, children of Facilities Management employees, or employees and retirees of the Facilities Management department who maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average.  If no one qualifies, the funds will be retained for the following year.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

A state-assisted institution, Southeast Missouri State University receives only a portion of its funding from state revenue, tuition and auxiliaries. The remainder is raised by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in the form of private gifts by alumni and friends who believe in bringing students a high-quality education that ensures students experience success in our global society.

Since its founding in 1983, the University Foundation has worked diligently to raise and manage funds for the betterment of Southeast Missouri State University and its students.  The funds support scholarships, financial aid, faculty advancement, technological upgrades and facility improvements.

For more information on the Foundation and ways to support Southeast, visit http://www.semofoundation.org/.