Ray and Melissa Cliff of Glen Ellyn, Ill., made a $5,000 gift to establish the scholarship. Their gift will be matched with an additional $5,000 through a University matching gift program and another $5,000 through Procter & Gamble Paper Products.
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 recipient of the renewable Ray and Melissa Cliff Scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a member of the Missouri Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The student must have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75. The member must have held at least one chapter office either elected or appointed. The alumni board in consultation with the Chapter Executive Committee will nominate three or more candidates for consideration by the University Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the director of Greek Life who will select the recipient.
Second preference will be given to currently enrolled male students at Southeast who are considered a Sigma Phi Epsilon legacy by the Missouri Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. To be considered a legacy, their grandfather, father or brother must have been a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon from Southeast. They must possess a minimum 2.0 grade point average. There are no limitations to the number of credits or semesters at Southeast they need to have completed.
Third preference will go to any Sigma Phi Epsilon member from another chapter or university who is a currently enrolled student at Southeast. The student must carry at least a 2.5 grade point average.
Ray Cliff is a 1958 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in marketing. While at Southeast, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon serving as rush chairman and vice president, as well as a member of the acappella choir and president of the Student Government Association. He is also an Alumni Merit Award recipient. He is retired from Procter & Gamble.
Melissa Cliff is also a 1958 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Education, elementary education. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority while at Southeast.
They have two daughters and two grandchildren.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.