Jack and Pauline Bess Scholarship Established at Southeast

agdepartmentCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 6, 2014 – The Jack and Pauline Bess Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The Besses of Cape Girardeau made a $10,000 gift to the Foundation to establish the scholarship. Their gift will be matched with an additional $10,000 match 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 allows 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 will qualify 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 renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast from Puxico, Mo., majoring in agriculture, business or in the College of Health and Human Services. Second preference will be given to students from Stoddard County with one of these majors, and third preference to students from the University’s service region with majors in one of these disciplines. Students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

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