CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 20, 2013 — The Redman and Ruth Dunham Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation by Earl Wayne Morris, a 1949 graduate of Caruthersville High School and a 1954 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.
He earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in accounting and minors in business economics and social science during his studies at Southeast.
This scholarship is in two parts: an endowment for $300,000 which will not be funded until Morris’ death and a restricted portion which will fund the scholarship during the interim. Morris made a cash contribution of $50,000 which will fund the scholarship for the first three years.
“We need the support of past and present residents, graduates and friends of Caruthersville to keep this restricted portion financially sound until the endowment portion is received,” Morris said.
The recipient of this renewable scholarship will be a student who is a graduate of Caruthersville, Mo., High School with a 3.0 grade point average during their junior and senior years. The recipient may attend Southeast’s main campus or its regional campuses and must enroll for the fall semester which immediately follows their graduation from high school. The University Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the recipient. The first scholarship shall be awarded in the spring of 2014.
Awardees will receive a minimum of $2,000 per semester, and the scholarship can be renewed for a maximum of eight consecutive fall and spring semesters, providing the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade point each semester and is enrolled in and passes at least 15 credit hours per semester without any grade lower than a “C”. A new scholarship shall be awarded each year.
Robert Redman Dunham was a 1924 graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Commercial Science degree. He received his Master of Education in 1928 from University of Missouri. He was a longtime business education teacher at Caruthersville High School where he also served as principal from 1945-1950. He retired in1966 after 38 years of service. He passed away on Oct. 16, 1993.
Ruth Virginia Dunham was a graduate of Kansas State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. She served for 30 years as a music instructor at the junior and senior high school level in Caruthersville until her retirement in 1965. She passed away on Nov. 10, 1998.
Current residents of Caruthersville, their children and parents likely had Mr. and Mrs. Dunham as teachers.
“I had Mrs. Dunham as a music teacher in junior high and was in her ‘tonette band’ in the seventh grade,” Morris said. “Mr. Dunham was my bookkeeping, business English, and business law teacher during my senior year. They were a very, very special couple to all who knew them.”
Additional contributions to the Redman and Ruth Dunham Memorial Scholarship may be sent to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, One University Plaza, MS 7300, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. For more information, contact Trudy Lee, director of planned giving, at (573) 651-5935.