Williams Lovett Endowed Scholarship Established at Southeast


The Williams Lovett Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The scholarship was established by Deborah (Williams) Rice of St. Louis, Missouri, who made a $10,000 gift to establish the award.

The scholarship honors Terri Lovett, a former student of Rice, and Rice’s parents Stephen and Madeira Williams.

Those eligible for the renewable scholarship will be descendants of Terri Lovett as well as high school graduates of the St. Louis City Public Schools, including any comprehensive high school, Magnet school or charter school in the St. Louis city limits with preference given to African American students. Second preference will go to students with a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) major. Recipients must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. The University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

After graduating from college, Rice served with the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a volunteer, and her experiences inspired her to pursue a teaching career. Rice earned her master’s degree while pursuing a secondary education teaching certification. She has also earned certifications in secondary physics education and in teaching the gifted and talented.

Rice has taught 4th to 12th graders in mathematics, science and physics, and she has presented workshops at the local, state and national levels. She is an officer with the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (SLAPT) and is an executive board member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).