The scholarship was established with $5,000 donated in Fulton’s honor and endowed 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 that qualifies 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 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast with preference given to applicants from southern Illinois. Recipients must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Deborah Simmons Fulton of Cape Girardeau retired as Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board of Regents Emerita on July 1, 2013, after 37 years of service to Southeast Missouri State University. As Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board of Regents for 21 years, Fulton witnessed first-hand the care with which decisions were reached to benefit the students of Southeast Missouri State University.
Fulton served as a mentor to many students over the years. She celebrated their successes and counseled them with their challenges, and observed that many students juggled studies and work to address their financial need.
Fulton was raised on a farm in Alexander County, Illinois, the daughter of Roy C. and Mildred Prater Simmons. From an early age, her parents stressed education, hard work and responsibility. Fulton was an outstanding student and loved to learn, and she was a first-generation college student. She is married to Kenneth E. Fulton, and they are the parents of two daughters and have three grandchildren. The University wasn’t just a job to her; the University provided a daily learning opportunity and an environment of learning that she considers a blessing in her life.
For additional information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.