Martha Ellen and George Alois Sudholt Scholarship Established at Southeast


Martha Ellen and George Alois Sudholt

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 7, 2015 – The Martha Ellen and George Alois Sudholt Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The scholarship was established in the Sudholts’ memory with a $10,000 gift from Martha “Marty” Sudholt of Melbourne Beach, Florida, the daughter of the late Martha Ellen and George Alois Sudholt.

The recipient of this renewable scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in education or counseling with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. First preference will be given to a student from the Cape Girardeau community. The College of Education Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Martha Ellen grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Cleveland High School in January 1939. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she met fellow student George Alois Sudholt, and they were married in 1942. Because of the war and family concerns, she left school before completing her degree. Fourteen years later, Martha resumed work on her degree and began her public teaching career at Bryan School in Monroe County in Missouri. Bryan School was a one-room rural schoolhouse where she taught all eight grades for two years.  Martha graduated with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1961 from then Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 1970, she earned a master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She taught at Millersville School, outside Jackson, Missouri, and May Greene and Hawthorne Schools in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. From 1972 to her retirement in 1978, Martha was employed on the staff of the Campus School at Southeast Missouri State University as a sixth, seventh and eighth grade instructor and supervisor. After retiring from teaching in Missouri schools, she taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rockledge, Florida. Martha Ellen Sudholt was a gifted educator, and she inspired students, teachers and family.

George Alois Sudholt was born in 1918 in Union, Missouri. He graduated from Union High School in May 1935. His family could not pay for him to attend the University of Missouri, so he worked as a bookkeeper and in a steel mill to accumulate savings. While attending the university, he also worked for the University of Missouri’s Department of Agriculture doing research in improved crop methods and yields, and joined ROTC. On January 9, 1942, George graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with a specialty in agronomy. On June 10, 1942, he was commissioned into active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During World War II, he served in the South West Pacific Theatre (artillery reconnaissance and surveillance). Following the war, George decided to use his degree and work in the field of agriculture. His first jobs were as County Agent in Lincoln and Shelby counties in Missouri. In Shelbyville, Paris and Jackson, Missouri, he managed farm supply and co-op stores. He worked many years as District Business Service Representative for the Farm Bureau Service Company of Missouri. George became interested in counseling while working with the unemployed. In May 1978, he earned a Master of Arts in counseling at Southeast Missouri State University. George worked a few more years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Florida before retiring to a quiet life of reading, gardening, fishing and enjoying family.

George and Martha were the parents of three children and five grandchildren.

For additional information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or