Dr. Dieter Jedan of Cape Girardeau made a $10,000 gift to establish the award. The gift will be matched with an additional $10,000 through a University gift matching 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 students both today and tomorrow.
The scholarship is designed to assist and encourage international students from the department’s bilateral exchange partner universities to study at Southeast. The scholarship also is intended to provide Southeast students the opportunity to meet with, learn from and start friendships with these incoming students, thus encouraging Southeast students to study abroad.
The scholarship will be awarded to non-degree seeking international exchange students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University from the following universities with which the Department of Global Cultures and Languages currently has exchange agreements:
- Université d’Angers – Angers France
- Universidad de Costa Rica, Turrialba Campus – Turrialba, Costa Rica
- Universidad de Las Americas, Quito Campus – Quito, Ecuador
- Technische Universität Dortmund – Dortmund, Germany
- Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena – Jena, Germany
- Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro – Querétaro, Mexico
- Universidad de León – León, Spain
- Universidad Antonio de Nebrija – Madrid, Spain
Applications for the scholarship are available in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages. Students may apply by submitting an essay describing why they want to study at Southeast Missouri State University; their previous international experiences; how their study at Southeast will assist them in their major; and how their study at Southeast will influence their profession.
Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and must provide two letters of recommendation from the student’s home university — one from the applicant’s international program advisor and the other from a professor in his or her major.
The Global Cultures and Languages Scholarship Committee in consultation with Dr. Dieter Jedan will select the recipient.
While at Southeast, recipients must give two presentations open to all Southeast students — one focusing on the student’s home university and the second comparing and contrasting living and studying in their home country and the United States.
The scholarship is valued at up to $500 a semester. The application deadline is June 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 2 for the spring semester.
Dr. Dieter Jedan served as chair of the Department of Global Cultures & Languages for 20 years, and his wife, Nancy, taught for several years in the Department of Management and Marketing at Southeast. While department chair, Jedan initiated bilateral exchange agreements with universities in Germany, France, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico and Ecuador. Both he and his wife stressed the importance of international study.