Hooper’s parents, Sara and Chris Snider, of Scott City, Mo., established the scholarship. The Sniders participated in a matching gift program that was 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 qualified for a $1-for-$1 match.
The scholarship will be awarded to a freshman enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a graduate of Scott City High School and a participant in high school athletics. Financial need will be considered but is not required for the award. A committee including Sara and Chris Snider and representatives from Scott City High School, Southeast Athletics and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation will select the recipient. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the spring. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required.
Those wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may make checks payable to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation with the scholarship name in the memo line and mailed to the Foundation at: One University Plaza, MS7300, Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701.
The scholarship was created in memory of Hooper, a senior at Scott City High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Pep Club, Theater Club, GAS Club and A+ program, was a four-year honor roll student and was in the top 10 percent of his class. Hooper was very active in sports and enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball, and weightlifting. He loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He never met a stranger and always went out of his way to make sure everyone he saw was happy and smiling. He had such an infectious personality and had a very special ability to make friends with everyone he met. He loved spending time with his friends, whether it was playing on one of many different team sports, dunk ball, Frisbee golf, video games, listening to music, dancing or just hanging out.
Hooper was a wonderful, caring young man, a very driven person with a great sense of humor. His compassion for others and trust and faith in God was astonishing. His kind and generous heart was unending. He has touched the lives of so many people from many different places and has continued to do so even after his untimely death. Through the gift of organ donation, his legacy lives on in the lives of five individuals. He was accepted and registered to attend Southeast Missouri State University after his high school graduation.