John Hoffmeister of St. Louis, Missouri, made a $5,000 gift to establish the scholarship as part of a fundraising effort among alumni of the Missouri Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity to establish scholarships for their members at Southeast Missouri State University. His gift was matched with an additional $5,000 corporate match from State Farm Companies Foundation as well as $5,000 through a matching gift program offered last year during the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign.
The renewable John Hoffmeister–Sigma Phi Epsilon Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a member of the Missouri Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. The student must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.75 grade point average and have completed at least 30 credit hours. The member must have held at least one chapter office either elected or appointed. The alumni board in consultation with the chapter executive committee and will nominate three or more candidates for consideration by the University Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the director of Greek Life.
Second preference will go to any currently enrolled male student at Southeast who is considered a Sigma Phi Epsilon legacy from the Missouri Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. To be considered a legacy, their grandfather, father or brother must have been a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon from Southeast. The recipient must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Third preference will be given to any Sigma Phi Epsilon member from other chapters or universities who is a currently enrolled student at Southeast. The student must carry a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
Hoffmeister attended Southeast as an undergraduate completing his degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He was a member of the Webster Society and a founding father of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity chapter at Southeast in 1953. This scholarship recognizes his generosity and the contributions of all the Sig Ep founders who established the Missouri Zeta Chapter at Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 5, 1953.
For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.