Shelton and Glenda Smith of St. Louis made a $10,000 gift to the Foundation to establish the scholarship. Their gift will be matched with an additional $10,000 match 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 allows 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 will qualify 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.
Shelton Smith says he challenges all Southeast alumni to support the scholarship program by making a similar scholarship donation.
The renewable Shelton and Glenda Smith Trust Education Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior education major at Southeast. Students must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average in education and be involved in campus activities.
Shelton Smith is 1967 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in English. He also has a Master of Arts in Education and a Specialist in Education from Southeast. Smith is a former teacher, high school principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent, associate dean of students, university professor and dean.
Glenda Smith is a former teacher, counselor, special education director, executive director of student services, and university dissertation editor.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.