CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 9, 2013 – The T. Ronald and Beverly K. Hahs Endowed Scholarship for Speech and Communication Studies has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The scholarship was created by Mr. and Mrs. T. Ronald Hahs of Cape Girardeau.
The recipient of this renewable scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University majoring or minoring in communication studies with a preference for a student involved in debate or related public programming designed to facilitate campus and community dialogue. The recipient will have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The Department of Communication Studies will select the recipient.
Mr. Hahs graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with majors in speech and mathematics. At Southeast, he was active in intercollegiate debate and oratory and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Mu Alpha and the Golden Eagles Marching Band. After spending a year as a math teacher and speech and debate coach at Jackson High School, Mr. Hahs began his career as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, spending 34 years as a managing director. In addition, he taught “Principles of Insurance” for 34 years in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast. He remains active as a financial representative in addition to serving in Rotary and on the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors and the SoutheastHEALTH Board, and as a Sunday school teacher and choir member at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Hahs grew up in Jackson, Mo., attending public school there. She went on to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, majoring in English and minoring in library science. She was employed as librarian at Scott City High School following graduation. Other career opportunities have included manager of The Galleria Antique Store and director of a 13-county educational program for special needs students and scouts through the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, Mrs. Hahs is a freelance historical writer for the Cash Book Journal newspaper in Jackson, Mo. In addition, she has served as a board member of the Cape River Heritage Museum of Cape Girardeau since 1984, past president and a member of the Rose Hills Garden Club, a choir member and church archival co-chairman at Centenary United Methodist Church, and a member of PEO Chapter BI and Ya-Ya Book Club.
The Hahs have four children: Brian and Julie Hahs of Jackson, Mo.; Christy and Mike Flannery of Raleigh, N.C.; Lance and Nancy Moll of Dallas, Texas; and Bethany and Jason Taylor of Overland Park, Kan. They also have 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.