Linn Establishes Two Endowed Scholarships at Southeast


CriminalJusticeScholarshipCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 11, 2014 – Charlene Linn of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has endowed two scholarships through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

She has established the Robert Craig Jones Memorial Scholarship in memory of her son and the Dr. Frank J. Linn Education Scholarship in honor of her husband.

Charlene Linn of Cape Girardeau provided a $10,000 gift, with $5,000 going to establish each of the scholarships. Each scholarship will be matched with an additional $5,000 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 allows 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 will qualify 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 Robert Craig Jones Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast student majoring in criminal justice with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to a non-traditional student. The Department of Criminal Justice will select the recipient.

Jones entered Southeast Missouri State University in his 30s as a non-traditional student after having served as a police chief and deputy sheriff. Jones majored in criminal justice and graduated in 1989. He was hired by the Illinois Department of Corrections as a correctional officer and later served as a counselor. Jones, the son of a former police chief and volunteer deputy sheriff, retired from the Vienna Correctional Institution in 2012 and died in April of that year.

The Frank J. Linn Education Scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast student majoring in elementary or early childhood education with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The recipient of the renewable scholarship will be selected by the College of Education Scholarship Committee.
Dr. Frank Linn began his teaching career in a small rural school district near Springfield, Mo., in 1955. He spent the next three years primarily as an elementary principal followed by seven years as a high school principal. During those years he also taught a variety of classes at the elementary, junior high and senior high school levels.

In 1952, Dr. Linn received his Bachelor of Arts from Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, Mo. He spent the next two years in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Dr. Linn earned a Master of Arts with emphasis in public school administration from Drury University in 1962. He then earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Arkansas in 1967, majoring in elementary school administration and supervision.

Upon completing his studies at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Linn Joined the education faculty at Southeast Missouri State University where he taught a variety of graduate courses in what is now the Department of Educational Leadership.

Dr. Linn retired from Southeast as professor emeritus in August 1995.

For additional information on the University’s Foundation’s matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or