Wayne Nienhaus Memorial Endowed Scholarship Established

mathematicsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 24, 2014 – The Wayne Nienhaus Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Gifts totaling over $10,000 from the family and friends of Wayne Nienhaus of have been received over the past few months to establish the scholarship. These gifts 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 allows 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 will qualify 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 Wayne Nienhaus Memorial Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast student majoring in math education or science education who has completed 30 hours with a minimum 3.25 grade point average. The College of Science, Technology and Agriculture will select the recipient.

Wayne Nienhaus was born on Oct. 17, 1938, in East St. Louis, Ill., and graduated from high school in Pacific, Mo. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State Teacher’s College in 1961 with a teaching degree in chemistry and mathematics and went on to earn a master’s degree in mathematics education from Washington University in 1965. He met Southeast alumna Joan Friemel while they both attended Washington University on National Science Foundation Fellowships, and they married in August 1966. They have two sons, Matthew and Eric. Mr. Nienhaus enjoyed a 39-year career in education as a teacher and administrator in the Ladue School District. He was extraordinarily devoted to making each one of his classes the best they could be. His work ethic and the countless testimonials of students who had him as a teacher proved he loved his job and strove to make a positive impact on the thousands of students he taught and mentored. The family has established this scholarship to carry on his legacy as an educator and to help inspire young teachers seeking to follow in his footsteps. For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.