CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 2, 2005 ᾰ The Dr. R. Ferrell Ervin Scholarship, honoring the late chair of the Department of Communication and professor of mass communication at Southeast Missouri State University, has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
“Education meant a lot to Ferrell and he always wanted to see the students excel,” said Glenna Ervin, widow of the late Dr. Ervin. “This scholarship is a way to carry on his legacy.”
The Southeast Missouri University Foundation, along with the help of alumni, corporations and friends of Ervin, raised funds to endow the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to Southeast juniors and seniors in the Department of Communication who maintain a 3.5 grade point average.
“The University Foundation is only successful when contributors have a passion to make scholarships possible for Southeast students,” said Doug McDermott, director of marketing for University Advancement. “It is a privilege for our office to be part of a team helping to keep the legacy of Dr. Ervin alive for the students.”
Southeast student LeAnn Pearson helped raise funds for the scholarship while she completed an internship in marketing and public relations with First Security State Bank in Sikeston, Mo. Pearson, a mass communications and public relations major, was a former student of the late Dr. Ervin. Pearson raised $3,500 for the scholarship by calling, e-mailing and visiting local businesses and individuals in Sikeston.
“I wanted to help raise money for the scholarship so Dr. Ervin could continue to help students achieve their goals just as he did for me,” Pearson said. “When I explained to local businesses in Sikeston how important this scholarship was for Southeast students, they were very supportive and generous in their donations.”
Ervin, who had served at Southeast since 1987, died Oct. 22, 2004. He was an active member in both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He devoted 17 years to building the mass communications program, which was accredited last spring by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).