Dr. George G. Suggs Jr. and his wife Helen V. Suggs of Cape Girardeau made a gift of over $5,000 to establish the award. Their gift was matched through the Faculty/Staff component of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The recipient of this renewable scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a junior or senior history major. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and financial need may be a determining factor in awarding this scholarship.
Dr. George G. Suggs Jr., emeritus professor of history, taught history at Southeast Missouri State University for 31 years. Helen V. Suggs, who earned a Master of Arts from Southeast, taught in the public schools of various states for 33 years. Long-time residents of Cape Girardeau, the Suggs have four children: Owen (Lisa), Suzanne Mortimer (Allen), Beth McKay (Jerry) and Lorrie Edwards (Dean).