Seven Southeast Students Awarded UNCF Scholarships

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 4, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University has partnered with the Cedric “The Entertainer” Charitable Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in awarding scholarships to seven exemplary beginning freshmen from the St. Louis area.

This is the first time Southeast has awarded United Negro College Fund Scholarships and now joins the University of Missouri-Kansas City as the only two institutions in Missouri offering these awards.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

• Tyeeshia Copeland of St. Louis, a graduate of Riverview Gardens, and a pre-law major;  • Charmekque Harbert of St. Louis, a graduate of Rockwood Summit, majoring elementary education • Rory Hennings of Florissant, Mo., a graduate of Westminster Christian Academy, majoring in business • James Johnson of St. Louis, a graduate of Gateway, majoring in pre-medicine • Breanna Lee of St. Louis, a graduate of Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, majoring in pre-law • Bianca Logan of Jennings, Mo., a graduate of North County Tech, majoring in general studies • Sierra Wilder of Florissant, Mo., a graduate of Hazelwood Central, majoring in mass communications: journalism

 The students were honored at the United Negro College Fund Annual Scholarship Recipient Reception Aug. 4 at Norwood Hills Country Club.

Trent Ball, associate dean of students at Southeast, said that Southeast’s partnership with The Cedric “The Entertainer” Charitable Foundation and UNCF has paved the way in identifying exemplary students who have committed to Southeast and to providing them with financial support to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Recipients will receive $500 from the Foundation/UNCF for the fall 2009 semester. Southeast will match that award with an additional $500 for the spring 2010 semester.

“This gives us an opportunity to broaden our base of minority students we are trying to recruit,” said Trent Ball, associate dean of students at Southeast. “It’s great to be connected to a scholarship organization that will send us their brightest students.”

Ball says six of the seven also have been placed in on-campus jobs this semester. Harbert is working with the College of Education’s field experience program. Hennings and Wilder are working in the Learning Assistance Programs. Lee is employed by Student Support Services. Logan is working in the Educational Access Programs office; and Copeland is employed in the Student Development office.   

In addition, Hennings, Lee and Wilder have been referred to Campus Life and are applying to participate in Southeast’s Emerging Leaders Program. The recipients also will act as UNCF ambassadors and are applying to serve on Southeast’s Multicultural Recruitment Team.

Ball calls the recipients “committed” and “focused. I appreciate their hunger,” he said.

The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years, provided the students: maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average; complete 24  of coursework a year; complete grade checks, evaluations and paperwork; live on campus through their sophomore year or complete the residency requirement; have six or more documented contacts with the Office of Educational Access Programs each semester; submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid every year to demonstrate financial need; and remain in compliance with all University policies and procedures.