The Bank of Missouri Endowed Business Scholarship Established at Southeast


Business internsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 13, 2014 – The Bank of Missouri Endowed Business Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The Bank of Missouri of Cape Girardeau, made a $5,000 gift to establish the scholarship. Their gift will be matched with an additional $5,000 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 allowed 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 qualified 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.

The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. First preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Harrison College of Business with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Financial need will be considered, but students are not required to complete a FAFSA form. The Harrison College of Business Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

For 122 years, The Bank of Missouri has met its customers’ needs with the assurance that it would be there tomorrow. Founded in Perryville as The Bank of Perryville in 1891, The Bank of Missouri has grown to reach out beyond its southeast Missouri roots to provide multiple locations in Cape Girardeau, Perryville and Jackson, Mo., as well as branches in Scott City, Marble Hill, Patton, Columbia, Republic, Springfield, Ozark and Branson, Mo. The bank most recently added a loan production office at 2016 N. Westwood in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The Bank of Missouri offers traditional banking products and services. It also offers a full-service brokerage and an investments and retirement planning division. Additionally, it operates a title company and insurance agency. The Bank of Missouri is headed by Crader, chief executive officer, and Thompson, president.

Investing in the communities it serves is vital, bank officials say. The Bank of Missouri has an especially strong commitment to local schools and education, and awards scholarships to local high schools and colleges, among other donations, and supports structures local and regionally.

To survive and grow during 122 years of national financial fluctuations takes strength, focus and dedication.  With a focus on staying an independent community bank, The Bank of Missouri strives to grow through community involvement. Their associates are local faces and live in the same communities the bank serves.

The Bank of Missouri is big enough to provide services at any level, yet small enough to offer one-on-one treatment at a personal level.  Since 1891, its focus has been on commitment to the community, and that unwavering dedication has earned them respect and a loyal customer base.

For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or