William T. Gamewell of Ballwin, Mo., pledged $10,000 to establish the award. The pledge will be matched with an additional $10,000 through a University matching gift 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 student scholarships, academic programs and renovations that benefit students both today and tomorrow.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. First preference will be given to a full-time student in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business from the greater St. Louis area or an international business student who is at the end of their junior year (enrolled in their 90th to 100th credit hour in the spring term), in good academic standing with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 and with demonstrated leadership ability within the Harrison College of Business.
Second preference will be given to any full-time student from the greater St. Louis area enrolled in the Harrison College of Business or an international business student.
Gamewell is a 1972 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in management. In 1979, he received an MBA from Saint Louis University.
Gamewell is currently senior vice president in charge of commercial real estate lending for Commerce Bank. Founded in Kansas City, Mo., in 1865, Commerce Bank provides a full range of financial products to consumer and commercial customers in 374 locations across the United States. Prior to joining Commerce Bank in 1979, Gamewell was employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Gamewell is a recipient of the St. Louis Salutes Award presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association. He also serves as a member of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business St. Louis Corporate Advisory Board. Gamewell and his wife, Nancy, have a son and two grandchildren.