Mr. and Mrs. John Ueleke of Germantown, Tenn., made a $10,000 gift to establish the scholarship. Their gift will be matched with an additional $10,000 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 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 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 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast with first preference given to a junior math education major with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Financial need will be considered by not required. The Department of Mathematics Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
John Ueleke established the Margaret Ritter Ueleke Scholarship in honor of his wife, Margaret Ritter Ueleke. Margaret Ritter Ueleke grew up in Cape Girardeau just a block from the University and attended Southeast. After marrying John, Margaret completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and taught junior high French in Indiana and was a preschool teacher for 17 years in Memphis, Tenn. Margaret has lived and raised a family in Memphis, Tenn., for 43 years. She has been active in the community, volunteering for the Pink Palace Museum, the Child Advocacy Center and the Salvation Army Auxiliary, and serving as a reading tutor in the city schools. She has also been an elder in her church, a Sunday School teacher and choir member.
Margaret and John have a strong connection to Southeast and hope to encourage students to become math instructors for the next generation.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.