Renelle Theard (standing) and Keana Henderson
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 4, 2016 — For the second consecutive year, two students at Southeast Missouri State University have been awarded scholarships through the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.
They are Keana Henderson, a Southeast senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from St. Louis, Missouri, and Renelle Theard, a Southeast graduate student from St. Louis, Missouri, pursuing a Master in Public Administration.
Henderson has received the $500 De Verne Calloway Scholarship for undergraduate students. The De Verne Calloway Scholarship is awarded to Missouri students pursuing an undergraduate degree from a university or college who shows academic excellence, community service, leadership skills and financial need. She was recommended by Rashaun Henry, coordinator for TRIO/Student Support Services, and Nancy Kennemore, recently retired administrative assistant for TRIO/Student Support Services and Academic Support Centers (ASC).
Henderson was an active member of the TRIO/Student Support Services programs, is currently an active member of the TRIO/McNair Scholars Program and the Academic Support Centers Mentoring Program. She recently was recognized as the “2016 TRIO Rising Star” for successfully completing the TRIO Pipeline bridging the gap between both TRIO programs currently funded at Southeast Missouri State University.
“I am extremely grateful that the scholarship committee selected me to be the recipient of the De Verne Calloway Undergraduate Scholarship. I would not have known about this scholarship if it wasn’t for my Academic Support Centers family informing me about it and encouraging me to fill out the application,” Henderson said. “After earning this prestigious scholarship, I have applied the award to college related expenses and I am incredibly appreciative of this financial award. I strongly encourage other Southeast students to consider applying for this scholarship in the future.”
In addition, Theard has been awarded the $1,000 Paula J. Carter Graduate Scholarship, which is given to Missouri students pursuing a graduate degree from a university or college who show academic excellence, community service, leadership skills and financial need.
She was recommended by Sean Spinks, retention coordinator for Academic Support Centers and Valdis Zalite, director of TRIO/Student Support Services. Theard works as a graduate assistant in the Academic Support Centers, working directly with a variety of students seeking assistance and support through academic planning, financial literacy and positive help-seeking behaviors.
“I would like to sincerely thank the Paula J. Carter Scholarship committee for selecting me to be a recipient of this scholarship. I would also like to sincerely thank all of the staff in Academic Support Centers for encouraging me to apply for the scholarship and writing my recommendation letters as well,” She said.” The recommendation letters from Sean Spinks and Valdis Zalite allowed me to view my accomplishments here during my time at Southeast. My involvement with ASC’s since my freshmen year has always been an encouraging and motivating experience. As a recipient of this scholarship, I have seen the growth within myself and how far I have come in my educational journey in addition to future goals and aspirations I plan to achieve.”
The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1989. The Foundation was created to provide disadvantaged youth with educational opportunities through scholarships and internships, to foster partnerships with corporations and to stimulate economic and social growth within communities. The Foundation explores relevant issues at their annual conference providing the citizens of Missouri with information regarding pertinent issues which affect their lives and their communities.
The Foundation sponsors an annual forum to educate disadvantaged and minority youth about the importance of the legislative process and to explore issues which have a significant effect on their communities and lives. Youth from throughout the state attend the conference at the expense of the Foundation.