Local Meteorologist Makes Lasting Impression on Heartland Science Education

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 24, 2007 — Jason Lindsey, meteorologist and science reporter for KFVS12 in Cape Girardeau, Mo., recently established a scholarship with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.  The Jason Lindsey Scholarship for Outstanding Science Students was awarded for the first time this year to three heartland recipients. 

Lindsey has encouraged students and adults to become involved in science for more than three years as a television personality at KFVS12.  He teaches science through various regional programs and does demonstrations for church groups, schools and any other group wishing to learn more about the world of science. 

Recently, Lindsey performed a science demonstration at Perkins Baptist Church in Perkins, Mo., during vacation Bible school.  The children took an offering for the Lindsey Scholarship fund and gave a substantial donation to the Southeast Foundation. 

Lindsey says he is grateful for those who have supported him with his efforts.

“I created the Jason Lindsey Scholarship for Outstanding Science Students to encourage kids to pursue a degree in science,” Lindsey said. “It’s awesome to see how local businesses and groups have come together to help me get kids hooked on science.”

Kids and teachers tune into Lindsey’s segment, “Heartland Science Lab,” which is aired at 5 p.m. each Wednesday and Sunday morning during the Breakfast Show.

The scholarship is available to any college student majoring in science in the KFVS12 viewing area.  The 2007 recipients are biology major, Danna Boley, of Oran, Mo.; pre-medicine and biology major, Sara Holman, of Olive Branch, Ill.; and chemistry major, Laura Unger, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Lindsey is organizing Science Day 2007, a day where kids, young and old, will discover how much science the Heartland has to offer by visiting various booths.  Craftmasters’ KidSMART and KFVS12 are teaming up to honor three Heartland science teachers with the Science Day 2007 Teacher award.  The event is scheduled for Oct. 3 at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau.

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/.