June Barton of Catron, Mo., made a seven-figure gift in 2008 to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, in memory of her late husband, to establish the David M. Barton Scholarship Fund and to benefit Southeast’s Agriculture Research Center and the University’s agriculture program.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
March 1, 2010 – The Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University will offer nine new scholarships to incoming freshmen pursuing agribusiness at its regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo., beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year.
Each scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is renewable.
Eligible students must plan to study in the bachelor of science in agribusiness program (plant and soil science option) offered at Kennett, Malden and Sikeston and have acceptable academic standing. Scholarship applications are available at each of the regional campuses.
The scholarships are funded by the David M. Barton Scholarship Fund through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. In 2008, June Barton of Catron, Mo., made a seven-figure gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, in memory of her late husband, to benefit the Southeast Missouri State University Agriculture Research Center and the University’s agriculture program. Barton, a 1963 alumna of Southeast with a degree in elementary education, donated 850 acres of prime farmland in New Madrid County. Half of the income from and proceeds from the future sale of the farm have been used to establish the David M. Barton Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of Southeast’s School of Polytechnic Studies and assistant provost of extended learning, said, “We would like to thank Mrs. Barton for her generosity that will provide many deserving students in southeast Missouri the opportunity to study agriculture. Mrs. Barton’s generosity will have a significant and lasting impact on our agribusiness students, and on behalf of the faculty and students, I want to express our deepest appreciation.”
With Mrs. Barton’s gift, the University’s Research Farm in Gordonville, Mo., also was renamed the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center in memory of her late husband. The Agriculture Research Center is located at 6885 State Hwy. 25, one and one-half miles south of Gordonville, Mo., on the east side of Highway 25.
Originally from Arkansas, David M. Barton moved to Catron, Mo., in the early 1930s and farmed in New Madrid County until his death in 1987. His contributions to the agricultural history of Southeast Missouri include 35 years on the board of supervisors of the Little River Drainage District, during which he served as board president from 1962 to 1987. Since her husband’s death, June Barton has served as owner and manager of David M. Barton Farms and continued farming the land she loves.
Mrs. Barton also has supported the University’s River Campus and a scholarship established in her brother’s memory. She received the Southeast Missouri University Foundation’s Friend of the University Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2006.