Brady and Halley Barke of Cape Girardeau made a $5,000 gift to establish the award. The gift was matched with an additional $5,000 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 allowed 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 qualified 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 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast with first preference given to a freshman student-athlete with a minimum ACT score of 24 and 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average and financial need. The Athletic Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Brady Barke is Senior Associate to the President and Board of Regents’ Secretary. He previously was Interim Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance & Student Support Services and Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Eligibility. He holds a juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of law and a Bachelor of Science in biology form Webster University.
Halley Barke is a physician assistant at Rural Health, Inc., in Anna, Ill. She holds a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from A.T. Still University, a Bachelor of Science in biology from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in physician assistant studies from Southern Illinois University
The Barkes say endowing a scholarship provides them with an opportunity to reward students for their hard work both academically and athletically. As former student-athletes, they believe participation in athletics helped develop essential life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, time management and discipline, which ultimately have prepared them to be successful in their careers, they say.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.