The Wolzes made a $10,000 gift to establish the award. Their gift 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 majoring in mass communication. First preference will be given to a student working on The Arrow student newspaper staff or in the broadcast media. Campus-wide involvement also is preferred. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The Department of Mass Media Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Jay Wolz is the director of Alumni Relations at Southeast Missouri State University. He is a 1977 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. He later earned a Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Southeast, Jay was editor-in-chief of The Capaha Arrow, forerunner to The Arrow, and was a member of the KRCU staff, the Golden Eagles marching band, University Players and Phi Sigma Epsilon. He has also served on the University’s National Alumni Council. He is the son of Ludeane Ruzicka, a 1952 Southeast graduate, and grandson of the late Russell and Zelma Fowler who graduated from Southeast in 1932 and 1945, respectively.
Kathleen Wolz is a 1979 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, majoring in English and mass communications. She subsequently graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Law and is a partner with the Cape Girardeau law firm of Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz. While at Southeast, Kathy was a member of The Capaha Arrow staff and was editor of the 1979 Sagamore, the University’s former yearbook. She was also president of Delta Delta Delta, secretary of the Student Government Association and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi. In addition, she also served as Towers North head resident, Greek Housing coordinator and has been a member of the National Alumni Council.
The Wolzes’ children have also attended Southeast; Dr. Katie Wolz is a 2008 Southeast graduate who is completing a dental anesthesia fellowship this spring at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis while Allison Wolz is a Southeast senior.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.