Justin and Lenell Hahn of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made a $5,000 gift to the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation to establish the award. Their gift was matched with an additional $5,000 through a University matching gift program. The matching gift program was 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 renewable scholarship will be awarded to full-time student enrolled at Southeast with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students raised by a single parent and financial need will be considered for the scholarship. Applicants must submit a FAFSA form with Student Financial Services. The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Lenell Hahn, director of admissions at Southeast Missouri State University, started her college career at Three Rivers Community College, the forerunner to Three Rivers College, where she graduated with an associate of arts degree. She transferred to Southeast Missouri State University and graduated in August 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. She completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2004.
She began her career at Southeast as an admission counselor in the Office of Admissions in 2003. Hahn served as the admissions Web counselor, assistant director for communications, associate director for operations and communications, and associate director for recruitment. She became director of admissions in January 2013.
Her husband, Justin Hahn, earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial technology in May 2004. He has worked as a steel laborer with Eftink Construction in Sikeston, Missouri, since 1997.
The Hahns value education and understand the hardships of working their way through college. Lenell was raised by her single mom, Diane O’Connell, who worked several jobs, made many sacrifices and was a first generation and non-traditional college student. Lenell said she set a good example for her to work hard and never give up on her dreams.
For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.