Southeast Students Earn AB Better World Scholarships


Five Southeast Missouri State University students were recently awarded $5,000 Anheuser-Busch (AB) Better World Scholarships and were recognized during the Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala held Sept. 21 at America’s Ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Anheuser-Busch Better World Scholarships recognize college juniors or seniors from the St. Louis area studying mechanical, electrical, industrial and chemical engineering, computer science, chemistry, marketing, sales, accounting, finance supply chain or a business-related discipline, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. First preference is given to students of African American descent.

Seven AB Better World Scholarships were awarded at this year’s event, five of which were presented to Southeast Academic Support Centers students totaling $25,000.

“Our students are very appreciative of the support and opportunity these scholarships provide them to focus on their academic success,” said Trent Ball, assistant vice president for academic diversity and outreach at Southeast. “These scholarships allow our students to complete their higher education goals without the added burden of financial stress. We are so proud of their accomplishments.”

This year’s Southeast recipients are:

  • Caiymen Fountain, senior finance major
  • Destiny Mayes, junior forensic science major
  • Steven Hale, Jr., senior engineering physics major with a mechanical applications option and a minor in mathematics
  • Le’Asia Harrington, junior marketing major
  • R. Xavier Payne, senior exercise science major with a minor in nutrition
Alona Jenkins

Alona Jenkins, a 2019 graduate of University City High School and Southeast freshman commercial photography major, is the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship.

In addition, Alona Michele Jenkins of St. Louis was named the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship. This award is presented annually to recognize a student in the St. Louis metropolitan area who has demonstrated the potential for academic achievement, leadership and commitment to their community. It provides a full-tuition scholarship plus an additional $1,000 to cover other educational expenses and an IPad. The award is renewable for three additional years.

Jenkins is a freshman commercial photography major with a minor in theatre, acting option, at Southeast and a 2019 summa cum laude graduate of University City High School. In high school, she was an active participant in the WE Schools program and was the yearbook editor. She currently runs her own professional photography business and advocates for mental health issues across the autism spectrum. After graduating from Southeast, Jenkins hopes to expand her photography business and become a successful actress.