Higher Education Centers Offering Students Array of Scholarships

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 29, 2005 – College, like any investment, requires planning and forethought. That’s why Southeast Missouri State University’s area higher education centers offer students an array of scholarships to help make their educational dreams possible.

Students at Southeast’s higher education centers in Sikeston, Malden, Kennett and Perryville, Mo., may apply for performance-based, need-based, student involvement and for a variety of endowed scholarships. Thanks to these awards, Southeast was recognized in 2003 by U.S. News and World Report as one of the country’s institutions having the “least indebted students.”

Southeast officials say students at the area higher education centers are eligible for the Southeast A+ Scholarship, a bachelor’s degree completion scholarship and a number of endowed and restricted scholarships provided by generous residents right in their local communities.

The Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) in Malden, Mo., has seven endowed scholarships available to students with awards totaling about $44,000 annually. The Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) has seven endowed and restricted scholarships available to students with awards totaling $24,500 each year. The Perryville Area Higher Education Center (PAHEC) has four scholarships available to students with awards totaling $3,756 annually. The Sikeston Area Higher Education Center (SAHEC) has 15 endowed and restricted scholarships available to students with awards totaling $15,000 each year.

Sherri Payne of Sikeston, Mo., recently was awarded the SAHEC General Scholarship to attend SAHEC this fall.

“I was thrilled to death,” she said, when she learned she had received the scholarship. “Without it, I could not continue going on.”

Payne says she works part time with her husband but misses several days of work on a regular basis in order to attend classes.

“It (the scholarship) makes up for the days I miss work,” she said. “It’s been a blessing to us.”

Thanks to the SAHEC General Scholarship, Payne says she is able to take an extra class this fall.

“I’m just excited,” she said. “People just don’t understand how much it means. I always try to make the best grades I can to show them how appreciative I am.”

Payne, who was named to Dean’s List for the spring 2005 semester, said she received the C.P. Black Scholarship to assist with financing her classes last spring at SAHEC. She would have had to quit school if she had not received the scholarship, she said.

“The scholarships allow me extra money to pay for my books and gas,” she said. “I appreciate every bit of it.”

A number of other scholarships are available to higher education center students as well. Effective this past summer, students who meet the Missouri A+ Schools Program guidelines and enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students at a Southeast Higher Education Center in Kennett, Malden, or Sikeston, Mo., are eligible for participation in the Southeast A+ Scholarship Program.

The award may be used for two full consecutive academic years, including summers, or up to 57 credit hours applicable to a degree, which ever comes first. The scholarship pays 100 percent of incidental fees for 100 and 200 level courses taken at a Southeast higher education center that are not covered by other awards specifically designed to cover incidental fees or by the Federal Pell Grant or state of Missouri grants. Students must be enrolled full time each semester and earn a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to continue to be eligible for the program. For more information on this scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions at Southeast at (573) 651-2590.

Southeast officials remind students that financial aid for students is available from several sources, including Pell Grants, loans, and endowed scholarships.

In addition, a new scholarship available to higher education center students in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., is the Regional Campus Achievement Scholarship. The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2006, for students wishing to use the scholarship for summer or fall 2006. For more information on this scholarship, call Dr. Rick Hux, director of the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center at (573) 276-4577; Marsha Blanchard, director of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center at (573) 888-0513; or Judy Buck, director of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center at (573) 472-3210

In addition, each of the advisory councils at the three centers, working with the University Foundation, have established endowed scholarships, and students at the centers are eligible for assistance from these sources.

To learn more about scholarships available to students at the area higher education centers, call the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center at (573) 276-4577, the Kennett Area Higher Education Center at (573) 888-0513, the Perryville Area Higher Education Center at (573) 547-4143 or the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center at (573) 472-3210. For information about scholarships, grants and loans, visit http://www.semo.edu/.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A listing of scholarships available at each of the area higher education centers follows.

Kennett Area Higher Education CenterEndowed and Restricted ScholarshipsA number of scholarships are available to students attending the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. They are as follows:Southeast A+ Scholarship ProgramStudents who meet the Missouri A+ Schools Program guidelines and enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students at Southeast’s higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., are eligible to participate in the Southeast A+ Scholarship Program. The award may be used for two full consecutive academic years, including summers, or up to 57 credit hours applicable to a degree, which ever comes first. The scholarship pays 100 percent of incidental fees for 100 and 200 level courses taken at a Southeast higher education center that are not covered by other awards specifically designed to cover incidental fees or by the Federal Pell Grant or state of Missouri grants. Students must be enrolled full time each semester and earn a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to continue to be eligible for the program. For more information on this scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions at Southeast at (573) 651-2590.

Regional Campus Achievement ScholarshipA new scholarship available to higher education center students at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center is the Regional Campus Achievement Scholarship. The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2006, for students wishing to use the scholarship for summer or fall 2006. For more information on this scholarship, call Marsha Blanchard, director of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center at (573) 888-0513.

Kennett National Bank ScholarshipThe Kennett National Bank (KNB) Scholarship awards four $500 scholarships each semester (fall, spring and summer).  Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students attending classes at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC).  Recipients may be part-time or full-time students and must be residents of Dunklin County, Pemiscot County or Clay County, Arkansas.  At least half of the scholarships are awarded to nontraditional students.  Consideration is given for scholarships to be renewed.

Applications for the KNB Scholarship are available at the KAHEC office.  The application process involves completing a scholarship application and writing a letter of introduction about yourself, your interests and why you need a scholarship to attend college. This scholarship will next be awarded for spring 2006. The scholarship application deadline is Dec.1.

Sheryl Crow #39 Education Foundation ScholarshipThe Sheryl Crow Scholarship was established in 1999 through the generosity of Sheryl Crow, a Kennett native and Grammy Award-winning artist.  Each scholarship pays the fees for one undergraduate or graduate class offered through KAHEC.

Selection is based on financial need and connection to the Kennett #39 School District.  Applications will be accepted from full-time and part-time students.  Consideration for the renewal of scholarships is given to prior recipients if a minimum 2.5 grade point average is maintained.  Several scholarships are awarded each semester.

Applications for the Sheryl Crow #39 Foundation Scholarship are available at the KAHEC office.  To apply, students must complete the application and provide a copy of their Student Aid Report they receive after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  These forms take three to six weeks to process and are available at KAHEC and online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. This scholarship will next be awarded for spring 2006. The scholarship application deadline is Dec.1.

Simcoke Family ScholarshipThe Simcoke Family Scholarship awards three $700 scholarships each semester (fall, spring and summer).  Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students attending classes at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC).  Recipients may be part-time or full-time students.  A 2.5 grade point average must be maintained for renewal.  Applicants must apply each semester.

Applications for the Simcoke Family Scholarship are available at the KAHEC office.  The application process involves completing a scholarship application and writing a letter of introduction about yourself, your interests and why you need a scholarship to attend college. This scholarship will next be awarded for spring 2006. The scholarship application deadline is Dec.1.

Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) Endowed ScholarshipThe KAHEC Endowed Scholarship awards one $250 scholarship during the fall and spring semesters.  Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students attending classes at KAHEC.  Recipients may be part-time or full-time students. A 2.5 grade point average must be maintained for renewal.  Applicants must apply each semester.

Applications for this scholarship are available at the KAHEC office.  The application process involves completing a scholarship application and writing a letter of introduction about yourself, your interests and why you need a scholarship to attend college. This scholarship will next be awarded for spring 2006. The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 1.

Harry Bazzell ScholarshipThe Harry Bazzell Scholarship awards a $250 scholarship in both the fall and spring semesters. Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students who attend classes offered through KAHEC. Recipients may be part-time or full-time students. Preference is given to an employee or a child of an employee of Bazzell & Wilder; students from Dunklin, Pemiscot or Clay County; and students majoring in agriculture.

Applications for this scholarship are available at the KAHEC office.  The application process involves completing a scholarship application and writing a letter of introduction about yourself, your interests and why you need a scholarship to attend college. This scholarship will next be awarded for spring 2006. The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 1.

McDonald’s of Kennett ScholarshipThe McDonald’s of Kennett Restricted Scholarship awards one $2,000 scholarship for the academic year. Recipients must an employee of McDonald’s of Kennett, must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average and must be a full-time student attending KAHEC. Previous recipients are considered.

Applications for this scholarship are available at the KAHEC Office. The application process involves completing a scholarship application and writing a letter of introduction about yourself, your interests, your educational plans and why you need a scholarship to attend college. The scholarship will next be awarded for the 2006-2007 school year. The scholarship application deadline is July 20, 2006.

Kennett Development Corporation Endowed ScholarshipFirst preference for the Kennett Development Corporation Endowed Scholarship is given to employees of Emerson Electric. Second preference is given to children of Emerson Electric employees. Third preference is given to KAHEC students.

Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education CenterEndowed and Restricted Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students attending the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC). They are as follows:

Southeast A+ Scholarship ProgramStudents who meet the Missouri A+ Schools Program guidelines and enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students at Southeast’s higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., are eligible to participate in the Southeast A+ Scholarship Program. The award may be used for two full consecutive academic years, including summers, or up to 57 credit hours applicable to a degree, which ever comes first. The scholarship pays 100 percent of incidental fees for 100 and 200 level courses taken at a Southeast higher education center that are not covered by other awards specifically designed to cover incidental fees or by the Federal Pell Grant or state of Missouri grants. Students must be enrolled full time each semester and earn a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to continue to be eligible for the program. For more information on this scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions at Southeast at (573) 651-2590.

Regional Campus Achievement ScholarshipA new scholarship available to higher education center students at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center is the Regional Campus Achievement Scholarship. The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2006, for students wishing to use the scholarship for summer or fall 2006. For more information on this scholarship, call Dr. Rick Hux, director of the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center at (573) 276-4577.

Opal A. Baskin Endowed ScholarshipRecipients must be enrolled in classes at the CBEC, must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and have verified financial need.

Sheriff Jim Elliott Memorial ScholarshipRecipients must be a beginning freshmen enrolled at the CBEC, must have graduated from high school with a 3.0 grade point average and have verified financial need.

First National Bank/G.M. Lawrence Scholarship Recipients must have completed 60 or more credit hours and be enrolled in classes at the CBEC, or must have attended classes at the CBEC and be attending classes at Southeast Missouri State University. Recipients must be enrolled in upper division classes, which include Elementary Education Block II classes.

John A. Howell Bootheel Education Center Scholarship Recipients must attend the CBEC, may be enrolled in any field of study and have verified financial need. Val and Helen Mitchell Scholarship Recipients must attend classes at the CBEC. One scholarship is given per school to graduates of Bernie, Campbell, Clarkton, Dexter, Gideon, Holcomb, Kennett, Malden, New Madrid, Portageville and Risco high schools.

William R. Nolan and Linda Matthews Endowed ScholarshipRecipients must attend classes at the Crisp Bootheel Education Center, must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and have verified financial need. Jean Provance MemorialRecipients must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at the CBEC, must have a 3.0 grade point average and have verified financial need.

Sikeston Area Higher Education CenterEndowed and Restricted Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students attending the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center (SAHEC). They are as follows:

Southeast A+ Scholarship ProgramStudents who meet the Missouri A+ Schools Program guidelines and enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students at Southeast’s higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., are eligible to participate in the Southeast A+ Scholarship Program. The award may be used for two full consecutive academic years, including summers, or up to 57 credit hours applicable to a degree, which ever comes first. The scholarship pays 100 percent of incidental fees for 100 and 200 level courses taken at a Southeast higher education center that are not covered by other awards specifically designed to cover incidental fees or by the Federal Pell Grant or state of Missouri grants. Students must be enrolled full time each semester and earn a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to continue to be eligible for the program. For more information on this scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions at Southeast at (573) 651-2590.

Regional Campus Achievement ScholarshipA new scholarship available to higher education center students this year is the Regional Campus Achievement Scholarship. The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2006, for students wishing to use the scholarship for summer or fall 2006. For more information on this scholarship, call Judy Buck, director of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center at (573) 472-3210.

Sikeston Area Higher Education Center General Scholarship (SAHEC)The Sikeston Area Higher Education Center General Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a minimum of nine hours of coursework at SAHEC and must have at least a 2.0 grade point average.  

William M. Bess ScholarshipThe William M. Bess Scholarship endowed by Montgomery Bank is open to students attending SAHEC.

Fred and Nancy Yeo ScholarshipFirst preference for the Fred Yeo Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in coursework at SAHEC. First preference is given to minority students from Sikeston, Mo., Charleston, Mo., or the surrounding area, who are enrolled in the secondary education program at SAHEC.  Second preference is given to minority students enrolled in a teacher education program at SAHEC.

SAHEC Founders’ One ScholarshipThe SAHEC Founders’ One Scholarship is open to students enrolled in at least nine hours at SAHEC. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. 

Sikeston JAYCEE Bootheel ScholarshipThe Sikeston JAYCEE Bootheel Scholarship is open to students attending nine hours or more at SAHEC with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. 

Noranda Scholarship – AAS Computer Technology with a concentration in Automated ManufacturingThe Noranda Scholarship – AAS Computer Technology Scholarship with a concentration in automated manufacturing is open to graduating high school seniors in Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard or New Madrid counties. For more information on this scholarship, contact Steve McPheeters at Noranda at (573) 643-2361 ext. 2075

Harry Sharp ScholarshipThe Harry Sharp Scholarship is open to Sikeston High School graduating seniors. For more information on this scholarship, contact the senior counselor at Sikeston High School.

Lewis Furniture Co./Kingsway Furniture Endowed Scholarship The Lewis Furniture Co./Kingsway Furniture Endowed Scholarship is open to students enrolled in at least nine hours of coursework at SAHEC and who maintain a 2.0 grade point average. This renewable scholarship was established in appreciation of community support demonstrated in building SAHEC and as investment in the future of Sikeston area communities.

Robert L. Mitchell, Sr. Endowed Scholarship The Robert L. Mitchell, Sr. Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Sikeston High School with a 2.5 grade point average or to a currently enrolled college student with a 2.0 grade point average, taking six to 12 credit hours. Financial need must be verified by FAFSA. Recipients must demonstrate good character, be active in their church and community, and have a family relying on their support. Mitchell felt education and consistent effort were the keys that would open the door of opportunity for anyone. He believed SAHEC provided those educational opportunities to students of all ages who might not be able to attend college in a traditional setting. Mitchell wanted the recipients of this scholarship, through their efforts, to improve the quality of their life and their family.

C.P. Black Scholarship The C.P. Black Scholarship is a $1,000 annual award given to undergraduate students attending SAHEC who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education from Southeast. Financial need is considered but is not required for this award.

Don and Barbara Webb SAHEC Scholarship The Don and Barbara Webb SAHEC Scholarship is open to students enrolled in at least nine hours of coursework at SAHEC.

Bob Ralph Endowed ScholarshipThe recipient of the Bob Ralph Endowed Scholarship must be enrolled in nine or more hours at SAHEC with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Financial need must be verified by the FAFSA. This scholarship is in memory of Gary McClain.

Harryette J. Campbell Endowed ScholarshipThe Harryette J. Campbell Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student living in southeast Missouri and attending SAHEC.  The Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.  The scholarship is renewable.

Velna Cooper Brown Restricted ScholarshipMembers of Velna Cooper Brown’s family pledged gifts to establish the Velna Cooper Brown Restricted Scholarship in her honor. This renewable scholarship is awarded to students with an interest in music attending SAHEC. The Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Scholarship Committee will select recipients. Brown is a native of Charleston, Mo., and attended Southeast Missouri State University.  Brown was a public school music teacher and taught private piano lessons in Charleston. She is now retired.

Sikeston Lions ClubᾰIra Meredith ScholarshipRecipients of the Sikeston Lions ClubᾰIra Meredith Scholarship must be Sikeston residents enrolled in at least nine hours of coursework at SAHEC. Recipients must have good moral character and at least a 2.0 grade point average if they are a recent high school graduate. Recipients who are current SAHEC students must have a 2.5 grade point average. Recipients must provide proof of enrollment in SAHEC classes for the year they are awarded the scholarship. Recipients must submit an essay of less than 300 words to a selection committee explaining why they want the scholarship.

Perryville Area Higher Education Center Endowed & Restricted Scholarships

Endowed and restricted scholarships are available to students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center. They are as follows:

Perryville Area Higher Education Center Endowed ScholarshipThe Perryville Area Higher Education Center is a renewable award given to students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center.

Cozy M. Cashion Bierk & Chalmer D. Bierk Endowed ScholarshipThe Cozy M. Cashion Bierk & Chalmer D. Bierk Endowed Scholarship is a renewable award given to students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center who are pursuing a teaching degree in the field of humanities. Eligible recipients must have a 3.0 grade point average.

U.S. Bank Restricted ScholarshipThe U.S. Bank Restricted Scholarship is awarded to students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center.

Bank of Missouri Endowed ScholarshipThe Bank of Missouri Endowed Scholarship is a renewable award given to students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center.