Louise Bender Roth Early Education Endowed Scholarship Established

elementary edCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 7, 2014 – The Louise Bender Roth Early Education Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Roth of Cape Girardeau made a $40,000 gift 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 allowed 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 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 renewable scholarship will be awarded to an elementary education major at Southeast. The recipient will be a student majoring in elementary education with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The College of Education Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Louise Bender Roth graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1937 with an education degree and was an elementary school teacher for 13 years at Washington School in Cape Girardeau.

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