It was established by the family of Jordan Hale.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a minority student from St. Louis City or St. Louis County enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. First preference will be given to a student majoring in film and television or journalism. The scholarship recipient must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
The Jordan H. Hale Memorial Scholarship was established in loving memory of Hale, who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 11, 2013, at age 22. The Jordan H. Hale Memorial Scholarship is intended to ease the financial burden of eligible students and continue Hale’s legacy of helping those in need.
“Having the opportunity to meet Jordan was a blessing to anyone, but having Jordan as a brother for 22 years was an even greater blessing,” said Janay Hale, sister of Jordan Hale. “Jordan was an amazing person with a big heart. Even as a young child he felt a great deal of empathy towards those that were less fortunate. It brings me great joy to know that Jordan’s memory and desire to help those in need will live on through the Jordan H. Hale Memorial Scholarship.”
Hale graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in December 2012, with a Bachelor of Science in film and television and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. He was named to the Dean’s List several times. Hale was an aspiring film producer who began his career at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau as a member of the news production crew. He also co-produced a short film titled “A Dame in the Life of Franklin Drake,” earning an honorable mention at the 2010 Fault Line Film Festival at Southeast. He was also employed as a manager at Shawnee Park Recreation Center and a sports official for Special Olympics Missouri.
Hale was born in Limestone, Maine, Loring Air Force Base, on Aug. 31, 1990. He was an athlete for much of his life, playing football with the Florissant Raiders and at Hazelwood Central High School. He was also a member of the wrestling team and played basketball in a recreation league.
“I knew the impact Jordan had in my life. He was my son, and I could always see in him a desire to do well and knew the depths of his heart,” said Kimberly Banks, mother of Jordan Hale. “I knew that others could see something special in Jordan too. He seemed to leave a footprint on the heart of those he met, no matter how brief the encounter. It was this quality in Jordan that became even more apparent to all of us on February 11, 2013, and it is this quality that will live on through the Jordan H. Hale Memorial Scholarship, in hopes of lessening the financial burden for young men or women attending Southeast in the years to come, touching their lives, as Jordan had touched the hearts and lives of so many before.”