Dr. Donald D. Jewel Endowed Scholarship in Biology Established at Southeast


STA-BiologyCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 19, 2015 – The Dr. Donald D. Jewel Endowed Scholarship in Biology has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Dolly Jewel of Cape Girardeau made a gift to establish the scholarship, which was matched through the Faculty/Staff component of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The renewable Dr. Donald D. Jewel Endowed Scholarship in Biology will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University pursuing a degree in biology. The student must be in good academic standing, having completed 45 college credit hours with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. First preference will be given to a student focusing on pre-med or microbiology.

Dr. Donald D. Jewel was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dubuque, his Master of Arts from Stetson University, and his doctoral degree from Oakland City University.  Dr. Jewel furthered his career at various other institutions including Richland County College, University of Wisconsin, University of South Dakota, Louisiana State University, University of Southwestern Louisiana, St. Augustine College, Ohio State University and National Institute of Health-Central America. From 1956 to 1979, he taught biology, microbiology and human anatomy and physiology at Southeast Missouri State University. During that time, he served on the Faculty Senate and was a member of the Athletic Committee all 23 years he served at Southeast. Dr. Jewel retired as professor emeritus of biology.

Dolly Jewel established the scholarship in loving memory of her husband and in remembrance of their marriage. Last April would have marked their 50th wedding anniversary. Dolly received her Bachelor of Science in vocational home economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master of Arts in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Donald Jewel was the father of three daughters, all of whom attended Southeast Missouri State University. Barbara graduated with a degree in speech pathology and taught for more than 35 years. Pam attended Southeast but did not complete her degree, and instead she pursued a family which she raised with excellence. Deidre graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science and economics and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the owner and manager of The Jewel Law Firm, LLC. Dr. Don Jewel was a grandfather to seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.