Regional Campuses Announce Recipients of David M. Barton Agribusiness Scholarship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 8, 2010 – The Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University has awarded nine scholarships to incoming freshmen pursuing agribusiness at its regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo.

Recipients of the David M. Barton Scholarship from the Sikeston campus are Michael Storie, son of Reese and Jennifer Storie of Advance, Mo.; Austin Littleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Littleton of Sikeston, Mo.; and Cody Rice, son of Mila Bedell of Sikeston, Mo. Storie is a graduate of Advance R-IV High School, and Littleton and Rice are graduates of Sikeston Senior High School.

Malden campus recipients are Jesse Brown, son of Patrick and Karen Brown of Essex, Mo.; Christopher Bennett, son of Diana and Clarence Bennett of Malden, Mo.; and Jon Williams, son of Joe and Denise Williams and Tammy and Robert Case of Holcomb, Mo. Brown is a graduate of Richland High School. Bennett graduated from Malden High School, and Williams is a graduate of Holcomb High School.

Award recipients from the Kennett campus are Amanda Blansett, daughter of Curt Blansett and Danni Blansett of Kennett, Mo.; Richard Chailland, son of Richard Chailland and Roxanne Chailland of Kennett, Mo.; and Terry Scott, husband of Susan Scott and son of Terry and Glenna Scott, of Gobler, Mo. Blansett is a graduate of Holcomb High School. Chailland graduated from Kennett High School, and Scott is a graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School. 

The David M. Barton Scholarship was established earlier this year to benefit incoming students who plan to pursue a bachelor of science in agribusiness program (plant and soil science option) offered at Southeast’s Kennett, Malden and Sikeston campuses.

Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Southeast Department of Agriculture, says, “We in the Department of Agriculture are pleased to offer the David M. Barton agriculture scholarships to these deserving young people so that they may pursue an agriculture education near their homes in Missouri and thereby remain as lifelong contributing Missouri residents.

“The department recognizes that agriculture is the major economic sector of southeast Missouri and we are pleased to participate,” he added.

The students’ scholarships are funded by the David M. Barton Scholarship Fund through the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation. In 2008, June Barton of Catron, Mo., made a seven-figure gift to the Foundation, in memory of her late husband, to benefit the Southeast Missouri State University Agriculture Research Center and the University’s agriculture program. Barton, a 1963 alumna of Southeast, donated 850 acres of prime farmland in New Madrid County. Half of the income and proceeds from and the future sale of the farm have been used to establish the David M. Barton Scholarship Fund.

Each scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is renewable.

Christopher Bennett, who heard about the scholarship from his guidance counselor, says he is grateful for the financial assistance. He says the scholarship “really sealed the deal” on allowing him to attend Southeast.

“The scholarship is a huge benefit to me because it not only lets me go to a noted college, but allows me to go student loan free,” Bennett said. “It will let me get on my feet a little better after I graduate and let me start my dream job in semi-financial relief.”

Rick Hux, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Malden, also says these scholarships provide tremendous support for students in the Malden area. He says he is grateful for the generosity it evokes from the surrounding communities.

“We are very grateful to Mrs. Barton family for their generosity to the Southeast agriculture program,” says Hux. “A large part of the success of the agriculture program at Malden is due to the scholarship opportunities our students have received from the Barton Scholarship. The program is beginning its second year at the Malden Campus and is fast becoming our premiere program. But just as importantly, because of the generosity on their part, this has prompted others in our area to provide similar scholarship opportunities for agriculture students as well. This sort of acknowledgement about the significance of this program is very meaningful.”

Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston, said, “The David M. Barton Agribusiness Scholarships that have been awarded to students at the Sikeston campus are assisting students by allowing them to  take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to earn a degree without having to leave the area.  All three of the Sikeston students benefit greatly from the scholarship since it provides assistance in covering tuition and fees.  Each of the students is continuing to work as they pursue their college degrees. The additional funding the scholarship provides will relieve some of the stress of covering the costs of their education.  We extend a sincere thank you to Mrs. June Barton for her generosity in assisting these students attain a college degree.” 

Director of Southeast Missouri State-Kennett Marsha Blanchard says, “I am very excited that incoming freshmen students who major in agribusiness at the campus have the opportunity to apply for the scholarship. This is a valuable asset to our students and the Kennett Campus. On behalf of our scholarship recipients, many thanks to Mrs. Barton.”