Dewain Earl Brucker loved all things agriculture, so much so that he bequeathed his entire trust to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation so Southeast Missouri State University agriculture students can pursue the same career path that brought him a lifetime of joy.
Brucker, formerly of Chaffee, Missouri, passed away on Aug. 11, 2018, at the age of 59. Since then, the Dewain Earl Brucker Scholarship Fund has been established to create a renewable scholarship for Southeast agriculture students.
The bequest was announced April 5 during Southeast’s Agriculture Honors Banquet hosted by Southeast’s Department of Agriculture. Department Chair Julie Weathers honored Brucker’s generosity by presenting his mother, Clara of Jackson, Missouri, with a plaque recognizing her son’s significant gift.
“Dewain loved agriculture and animals, and he left a wonderful legacy to our department,” Weathers said. “Through his generosity, generations of students will find the financial support they need to pursue their higher education goals as they prepare to launch successful careers in agriculture. On behalf of the department, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for this extraordinary gift. To commemorate this extraordinary gift, Dewain’s photo of his farm will hang in our department’s office.”
The Dewain Brucker Scholarship will be awarded in accordance with his wishes expressed in his trust to students pursing a degree in a field related to the production, preservation and management of farm land and animal husbandry, with preferences given for students from Scott County and the southeast Missouri region. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required, and the Department of Agriculture Scholarship Committee will select the recipients.
Brucker was the son of Earl Joseph and Clara Anita Essner Brucker. He is survived by his mother.