Students Honored with Power of Women Scholarships


Power of Women Scholarship WinnersCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 18, 2014 – Three Southeast Missouri State University students were honored with Power of Women Scholarships March 12 during the annual Power of Women luncheon at the University.

The recipients were Molly Eggleston and Linda Leigh Epley, both of St. Louis, and Jordan Lee Ann Cavitt of Benton, Ky.

The honor is bestowed on students who demonstrate a passion for a life of service and are full-time Southeast students who have completed at least 30 credit hours with a minimum 2.75 grade point average. Each recipient submitted an application demonstrating significant academic achievement, involvement at the University and commitment to volunteerism and community service. The Power of Women Scholarship Committee selected the recipients based on these factors as well as their future aspirations for success in their career and personal life. Each student received a $500 award funded through proceeds from last year’s Power of Women luncheon.

Vicki Boren, president of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association, presented the scholarships. In its third year, the annual “Power of Women” luncheon connects female students at Southeast with opportunities, women mentors and resources in the community. The luncheon highlights philanthropists, entrepreneurs and extraordinary women of Southeast.

Eggleston, senior, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and plans to graduate in December as an Honors Scholar. She has been active in a variety of initiatives at Southeast. She is currently co-chair of the Student Honors Council through Southeast’s Jane Stephens Honors Program. Last year, she served as the Council’s Learning in Volunteerism chair and participated in the Center for Strategic and International Studies Program during which students study global issues at a think tank in Washington, D.C. Eggleston, last year, also presented research at the University’s annual Student Research Conference and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, has been active with Catholic Campus Ministry and is a member of the Student Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses Association. Eggleston is employed as a student worker at the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. She aspires to become a nurse educator and nurse practitioner upon graduating from Southeast.

Epley, a junior, is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and plans to graduate in May 2015. She has been active in a variety of initiatives at Southeast. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma in which she has served as an officer, membership recruitment director, sisterhood event planner and ritual chairperson. She is currently employed as a supervisor in training with the University’s Telefund and with O’Leary’s in St. Louis. A graduate of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, Epley volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and has assisted the Humane Society, American Red Cross and Robbie Page Memorial with her sorority. She was the 2011 recipient of the Archbishop May Service Award and aspires to own and operate a small event planning business in St. Louis.

Cavitt, a senior, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in finance and plans to graduate in December. She holds an Associate in Science from West Kentucky Community and Technical College and is a graduate of Marshall County High School.

At Southeast Cavitt is employed in the Harrison College of Business Advising Center and is a member of the Finance and Economics Club, treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  She aspired to be a manager of investment accounts in a large firm after graduating from Southeast.