Betty Sewell of Cape Girardeau made a gift to establish the award in memory of her husband. Her gift was matched through the Faculty/Staff component of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University pursuing a degree in mathematics or math education who maintains a minimum 2.75 grade point average. First preference will be given to a student from southeast Missouri. The Department of Mathematics Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Mr. Sewell was born in Hornersville, Missouri, in 1925 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After military service, he began to pursue a career in education, having been inspired by his father, who was a superintendent of schools. Mr. Sewell received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1949. He also attended the University of Cincinnati and Washington University in St. Louis under a National Science Foundation grant. He received a Master of Arts from Washington University and completed additional postgraduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and at Bowdoin College in Maine. Upon completing his education, Mr. Sewell taught mathematics at Poplar Bluff (Missouri) High School from 1956 to 1961. From 1961 through 1986, he taught mathematics at Southeast Missouri State University, retiring as Assistant Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.
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