Vol. 18 No. 25 - March 24, 2014

Features

  • Alumnus Returns to Honor Deceased Friend and Professor with Concert

    Dr. Scott Piper, an alumnus and renowned tenor, will return to Truman March 29 to posthumously honor a former professor whom he greatly admired.

    Years ago on the Truman campus, a special friendship developed between English professor and poet Jim Thomas and a young Piper, who is the son of faculty members Fontaine Piper and Vera Piper. Although Piper would go on to carve out a distinguished career in music, he always delighted in Thomas and his craft.

    Thomas was a faculty member at the University for 30 years and retired in 1994. He passed away in 2009. A scholarship in his honor is available through the Truman State University Foundation.

    At 8 p.m. March 29 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, Piper, now an assistant professor of music at the University of Michigan, will commemorate his friendship with a special concert to benefit the Jim Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund. The concert will feature newly commissioned musical settings of Thomas’s poems from the acclaimed collection “Brief Tracks,” compiled and edited by Truman English professor Joe Benevento. Featured composers will be Stephen Yarbrough and Truman’s own Warren Gooch. Nancy Hueber will accompany Piper on the piano.

    Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased online through BrownPaperTickets.com. All seating is reserved. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 660.785.4417 or music@truman.edu.

  • Truman to Host Children’s Literature Festival April 4

    The Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Friday, April 4 in the Student Union Building for almost 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

    Visiting authors and illustrators include Leslie Bulion, Frances O’Roark Dowell, Lisa Campbell Ernst, Kelly Milner Halls, Katherine Hannigan, Kenn Nesbitt, Sara Pennypacker, Ginny Rorby, Amy Timberlake, Linda Urban and Jacqueline West. Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered. The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.

    University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at drearick@truman.edu or call 660.785.4048. Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room (SUB 3000). Refreshments will be served.

    The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room (SUB 3200). The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $11. To register, contact Rearick at 660.785.4048. At 7 p.m. author Sara Pennypacker will give a presentation.

    The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to severe budget cuts the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was established in 2007 in an effort to bring the Festival back, and it did return in 2009. For more information about the fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133 or visit giving.truman.edu/SpecialInitiatives/ChildrensLiteratureFestival.asp.

    The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett Higher Education Group--Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney (660.785.7366 or shackney@truman.edu) and the Children’s Literature Festival webpage.
  • Court of Appeals to Hold Court at Truman March 26

    The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at Truman, March 26.

    A three-judge panel consisting of Chief Judge James Welsh, fellow Western District Judge Joseph Ellis and Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell will hear oral arguments in four cases beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

    The cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors, which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court’s judgment reversed. The judges will read written arguments before the court session, and may interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with questions.

    The three judges will take a break in between cases and remain after the court session to discuss the court system and generally explain proceedings.

    This will be the eighth session of the Western District at Truman and the 21st time that the court has convened in Kirksville. It convenes regularly in Kansas City. Its jurisdiction is appeals from trial courts in 45 counties, which include all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.

    Welsh will preside over the proceedings at Truman. He was appointed to the court of appeals in 2007 and has served as the court’s chief judge since July 1, 2013. Previously he practiced law for 10 years and then served successively as a municipal judge, an associate circuit judge and circuit judge in Clay County. Ellis is the senior judge at the Western District, having been appointed to the appellate bench in 1993. Prior to his appointment, he practiced law in Macon for 21 years. He served as the chief judge of the Western District from 2002 to 2004. Russell, a native of northeast Missouri, is a Truman State University graduate. After practicing law in Hannibal, she was appointed to the Eastern District of the Court of Appeals where she served for nine years. Ten years ago she was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court and has served as chief justice since July 1, 2013.

    “It is important for the court to convene oral arguments outside of Kansas City,” Ellis said. “This gives individuals an opportunity to observe a part of the judicial system they normally do not see. We hope those attending will gain a better understanding of the court’s function.”

    Besides Kirksville, during the past twenty years the court has held sessions in Chillicothe, Columbia, Fulton, Gallatin, Huntsville, Independence, Jefferson City, Keytesville, Lexington, Liberty, Linneus, Macon, Marshall, Maryville, Milan, Moberly, Nevada, Platte City, Richmond, St. Joseph, Savannah, Trenton, Tuscumbia and Warrensburg.
  • Early-Vreeland Lecture Set for March 27

    Flimmaker and author Lucas Bessire, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will give the Early-Vreeland lecture at 7 p.m. March 27 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Bessier will discuss “Culture Against Life: Ayoreo in the Gran Chaco.” In 2004, one of the world’s last “isolated” bands of hunter-gatherers left the forest in Northern Paraguay, fleeing rancher’s bulldozers. In their new home, they were subjugated by already-acculturated relatives and tormented by a host of moral, social and physical challenges: deforestation, tradition-seeking anthropologists, soul-collecting missionaries, global humanitarians, genocidal violence, neoliberal economic policies and new forms of addiction and madness. To survive, these Ayoreo resisted imposed notions of indigenous culture and instead followed their principles of “becoming-through-negation.”

    The Ayoreo effort to find a path between the politics of life and the politics of culture suggests ways to reimagine the political anthropology of indigeneity in South America. The talk is being co-sponsored by the Global Issues Colloquium and the Anthropology Student Association. The Association will also be screening Bessire’s film, “From Honey to Ashes,” at 7 p.m. March 20 in Barnett 2226. His book, “Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life,” will be published by the University of Chicago Press in October 2014.

  • SAB Presents Hoodie Allen March 29

    The Student Activities Board will host the 2014 spring concert featuring musical artist Hoodie Allen at 8:30 p.m. March 29 in Pershing Arena.  

    Doors will open at 8 p.m. The event is free for students and $5 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased or picked up with a Truman ID at the SAB office from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A ticket is needed for entry into the concert.

    Hoodie Allen, a clean-cut college graduate, brings classic hip-hop rhythms that are graced with polished hooks that bring listeners back for more. His albums and EPS have appeared on the charts numerous times including 2012’s “All American,” which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in the U.S. and Canada, as well as No. 10 overall on Billboard Top 200. In February 2013, he released his most recent mix tape Crew Cuts, which was downloaded off of his website more than 200,000 times. Never one to keep his fans waiting too long, Hoodie has been intensely preparing for his debut full length set to drop this spring.

    For more information regarding this event, contact the Student Activities Board or visit their website.

  • Greek Week to Host Dance-A-Thon for Campus and Community

    Truman’s Greek Week Committee will be sponsoring the philanthropy event “NickeGLOWdeon Dance-A-Thon” at 7 p.m. April 4 for their annual Greek Week celebration.

    This year’s theme will be “Glow in Dark 90s” inspired by Nickelodeon. The event will take place on Truman’s Quad, with a rain site of Pershing Arena. It is open to all members of the Greek, campus and Kirksville communities and is intended for audiences and participants of all ages. Children are welcome.

    The majority of the proceeds will be donated to Kirksville’s Victim Support Services, Inc. Victim Support Services provides services to men, women and children who are or have been the primary or secondary victim of a violent crime including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or any type of abuse. Services offered include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, case management, advocacy, counseling, support groups and referrals.

    Anyone interested in participating should form a team and register online at greekweek.truman.edu. Dancers will be given glow in the dark items to wear throughout the event. There will be music, games, prizes, a costume contest and a lot of dancing.

    Greek Week at Truman State University is the celebration and promotion of the Greek Life Pillars: scholarship, leadership, integrity and commitment throughout the campus and community. Greek Week is a time for Greeks to give back to their campus and community.
  • Kirk-Tran Provides Local Transportation in Kirksville

    Students who do not have access to a car should consider using Kirk-Tran, Kirksville’s public transit service, which provides both a demand-response system and a fixed-route system for travel.

    When traveling with the demand-response system, residents can schedule a ride by calling 660.665.8404 or 877.666.KIRK from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Rides are $2 for anywhere within Kirksville city limits and $3 for anywhere else within a 15 miles radius of downtown Kirksville.

    When traveling on the fixed-route system, residents can refer to the list below, which repeats the same route every hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Arrival times may vary by 10 minutes before or after the expected arrival time. Rides are $2 and a booklet of 10 tickets can be purchased for $15 from the driver or at Kirksville City Hall.

    All payments must be made with exact change and reservations for demand-response service or deviated route service must be made at least one day in advance.

    Fixed-Route Schedule
    Kirksville Garden Apartments
    1501 S. Jamison St. – :00

    R.A.I.L.
    1101 S. Jamison St. – :02

    Sheraton Square Apartments
    316 Pfeiffer Avenue – :05

    Hy-Vee Food & Drug
    500 N. Baltimore St. - :08

    Village 76/KV Housing Authority
    100 Valley Forge Drive - :11

    Fjeld Arms Apartments
    2016 Florence Place - :17

    Wal-Mart Supercenter
    2206 N. Baltimore St. – :21

    ALDI
    2115 N. Baltimore St. - :24

    Health and Senior Services
    1412 N. Osteopathy St. - :27

    Missouri/Main Street Parking Lot
    Corner of Missouri and Main St. - :31

    Gutensohn Clinic
    600 W. Jefferson St. - :33

    St. Andrew’s Apartments
    500 S. Osteopathy St. - :35

    10 Devlin Place
    Pick up on S. Porter St. - :37

    Sheltered Workshop
    Corner of Michigan and Osteopathy - :39

    Truman State University
    Corner of Franklin and Randolph St. - :42

    Preferred Family Healthcare
    900 E. LaHarpe St. - :44

    Kirksville Heights Apartments
    2400 S. Baltimore St. - :46

    Northeast Fitness Center
    HWY 63 and HWY 6 - :48

    High Hope Employment Services
    906 E. Shepherd St. - : 50

    Adair County SB40 PACT Center
    1107 Country Club Drive - :52

Announcements

  • APO Sponsoring “Tru’s Line is it Anyway?” Competition

    Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor “Tru’s Line is it Anyway?” a competition based on the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. All proceeds from the event will go to Alpha Phi Omega’s philanthropy Campfire USA, a non-profit organization located in Kansas City with the mission of inspiring and developing leaders in youth and young adults.

    Each team will compete for the chance to win prizes such as gift cards. The cost per team of four members is $20, and general admission will be $2. Teams can pay at the event, at tables in the Student Union Building and Missouri Hall the week of March 24 or through the link below. The link to sign up will be open until 12 p.m. March 28.

    docs.google.com/a/truman.edu/forms/d/12VNSoTkVwwifPPQKV_gKFUztcFvdaUTjQtK-_TZiomo/viewform
  • Scholarships Available for Study in China

    The Educational Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, D.C., has approved 10 Chinese Government Scholarship awards specifically for American undergraduate students attending American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) member schools who wish to study at a Chinese university for the 2014-2015 academic year. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $10,000. The scholarships will be distributed to the host universities in China, not directly to the American students. International round-trip airfare is the responsibility of individual students.

    The scholarship includes: tuition; room and board; health insurance; travel/conference allowance/fees; and stipend.

    The application deadline is March 24, 2014. Detailed information is available at aascu.org/programs/internationaleducation/chinascholarship.
     
    Questions about the scholarship application process can be directed to Arlene Jackson, director of International Education, or Ms. Sufei Li, China national liaison coordinator.

  • Alumni Film Screening

    “You Are Your Body/You Are Not Your Body”
    6:30 p.m. March 26
    Ophelia Parrish 2210

    Truman alum Nick Toti graduated with Master of Arts degree in English and left to make horror films in Austin. He is returning for a special screening of a film he produced and co-directed as part of the “For Words” series. This screening is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistic’s along with the Kirksville Film Circle. It is free and open to the public, and there will be a question and answer session with Toti after the screening. The trailer for the movie can be seen here.

  • Fall Semester 2014 Room Reservation Requests

    The Student Union Reservation Office will accept reservation requests for the fall semester beginning March 31, through April 3, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the SUB Reservation Office, Suite 2000.  

    All requests must be submitted in writing on a reservation form provided by the Reservation Office. Informational packets will be sent out to departments and student organizations the week of March 24. No early forms will be accepted. Additional forms will be available to print on the lottery website.

    No electronic confirmations for Fall 2014 lottery requests will be provided. Confirmations will be mailed by May 2 regarding each request. Any questions should be addressed to the SUB Reservation Office via phone, 660.785.4186, or email, union@truman.edu.
  • Film and Speaker Examine Unmanned Drones

    “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars”
    7 p.m.
    April 9
    Baldwin Hall 176 (Little Theater).
    This full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews.

    Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell
    7:30 p.m.
    April 10
    Magruder Hall 2001
    Professor Lawrence Wilkerson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Before his decade at William and Mary, he served 31 years in the U.S. Army, including as special assistant to Gen. Colin L. Powell when the general was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also Powell’s chief of staff when Powell was Secretary of State. His remarks will address Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)—the technology, the cultural impact of their use, the ramifications for international and domestic law, the strategic, operational and tactical dimensions and the effects on the warrior ethic of the U.S. Armed Forces.  
     
    Both events are sponsored by Society and Environment, the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the Cultural and Societal Honor Society, Multicultural Affairs Center and the Department of History.
  • Writing Center Consultant Positions Available

    The Truman Writing Center is hiring consultants for the 2014-2015 academic year. Compensation is available via scholarship hours, institutional or work-study. Candidates should have a strong understanding of academic writing; have great interpersonal skills (listen well, have friendly demeanor, consistently try to extend conversation instead of trying to terminate it); and are motivated toward helping people learn. Apply at writingcenter.truman.edu/apply.

  • FAFSA Filing Reminder

    Remember to file the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at fafsa.gov to determine Title IV federal aid eligibility (Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, Work Study, Stafford Direct Loans, PLUS Loans). FAFSA results are also needed for some other federal, state, University and private programs. The state’s FAFSA filing deadline for the Access Missouri Grant Program is April 1. Do not delay due to late tax filing-the FAFSA allows the use of estimated information–just update the FAFSA record after the 2013 income tax figures are finalized. Later FAFSA filing may result in more limited funding options. For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103, or 660.785.4130.
  • Public Relations Internship Available

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the full-time fall 2014 internship position.

    The public relations intern will be responsible for helping to write the online University newsletter, Truman Today, and the University’s magazine, Truman Review. The intern will also assist in planning special events throughout the semester, writing press releases and fulfilling other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style.

    To apply, send a résumé, two writing samples, copies of advising transcripts and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202 no later than April 4. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles at tmiles@truman.edu.

Notables

  • Notables

    Yung-hwal Park, assistant professor of business administration, had his manuscript entitled, “Research Note & Update on Jana L. Craft Review of the Empirical Ethical Decision Making Literature - Boundary Conditions and Extensions,” accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Business Ethics.

    Andrew Robson, a senior music performance major, recently won the National Career Awards Competition sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the NSAL (National Society of Arts and Letters). The NSAL was founded in 1944 as a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to discover and encourage talented young artists. Robson will next compete at the National Competition in Charleston, W.Va., in May. He is a flute student of Julianna Moore, professor of flute and music theory at Truman.

    Special thanks to the following coaches who worked with the local dancers
    for the recent Kohlenberg Lyceum Series performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Patricia Burton, Dawn Howd, Rachel Burke and Annie Schaeffer.

Events and Activities

  • Upcoming Events

    President Troy Paino will host a Coffee with the President from 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 24 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. These sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the Truman community to ask questions about issues facing the University.

    Jonathan Binkley with the State of Missouri Deferred Compensation Plan will be at Truman from 1-4 p.m. March 25 in the Human Resources Conference Room in McClain Hall 101 to give employees an opportunity to increase contributions, changed beneficiaries, or ask questions about their State of Missouri Deferred Compensation Plans if they are currently enrolled. Employees who are not currently enrolled in the Plan are also encouraged to meet with Jonathan as he can provide information about plan options and features. To schedule an appointment please click on the link State of Missouri online scheduling.

    Tru-Strength, a free one-hour weight room orientation
    led by an ACE certified personal trainer, will take place at 1:30 p.m. March 25 in the Student Recreation Center. Sign-up at the weight room desk. Space is limited. More information is available at recreation.truman.edu/trustrength.asp.

    The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee will be hosting a candidate’s forum March 25 at William Matthew Middle School. A meet and greet with the candidates for the Kirksville City Council and the Kirksville R-III School Board will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and a media panel will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    The Physics Colloquium continues at 4:30 p.m. March 26 in Magruder Hall 1096. Adam Kaminski from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University will present “Different Flavors of Superconductivity.” More information about the talks and upcoming events can be found here.

    The deadline to apply for the exchange program in Glasgow, Scotland is approaching. To attend Glasgow Caledonian University for the upcoming fall semester, the deadline is March 28. The application can be found online at studyabroad.truman.edu. For more information, make an appointment with a study abroad advisor or email ciea@truman.edu. The Study Abroad Office is located in Kirk Building 114.

    The final Volunteer Income Tax Assistance session of the year will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29 in Violette Hall 1424. Beta Alpha Psi is sponsoring the free tax return preparation and electronic filing program. Taxpayers should be sure to bring proof of identity; copies of all W-2, 1098, 1099 forms and any other tax forms received in the mail; social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax return; and banking information if a direct deposit is desired. For more information, call 660.785.4378.

    A.T. Still University is seeking volunteers for a disaster preparedness drill
    . Anyone who would be interested in wearing “Walking Dead”-style makeup and participating in the drill can visit atsudart.com for more information. The event will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29.

    Free body composition assessments will be conducted at the Student Recreation Center from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. March 31, as well as from 2:15-3:45 p.m. April 3. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood, pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index. Sign-up at the weight room desk.

    The Global Issues Colloquium will continue at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Baldwin Little Theatre. Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Project for the Institute of Policy Studies and board member of Witness for Peace, will present “Growing Sensible Drug Policies for the Americas.”

    The Truman Theatre Department will present the award-winning rock musical “Next to Normal” with performances at 8 p.m. April 9-12 in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Box Office beginning March 31, or by calling 660.785.4515.


Career Center

  • Schedule of Events

    Ernst & Young On-Campus Interviews
    March 26
    Career Center

    KPMG Summer Leadership Program On-Campus Interviews
    March 27
    Career Center

    Alumni Mock Interview Day

    9-11 a.m.
    April 11
    Career Center

    Student Research Conference

    April 15

    Graduation Fair

    April 16

    Paging All Doctors
    April 22

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    For more information on any
     of these events, contact the Career Center

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    The Missouri Insurance Education Foundation will award scholarships to deserving students attending Missouri colleges or universities in a program that could lead to positions in the insurance industry in Missouri. The C. Lawrence Leggett Scholarship in the amount of  $2,500 is to be awarded to a junior or senior Missouri resident majoring in insurance or a related area of study in a Missouri college or university. In addition to the Leggett Scholarship the foundation has made an additional scholarship available in the amount of $2,000. Application forms are available at mief.org and are due by March 31.

    The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is a non-profit organization that provides access to higher education to St. Louis area students through interest free loans. The program assists students with financial need. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average, demonstrate good character and must be a permanent resident of: St. Louis City; St. Louis County; the Missouri counties of Franklin, Lincoln, Jefferson, St. Charles, Warren or Washington; or the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair. Applications are due April 15. For more information, call 314.725.7990 or email info@sfstl.org.

    Marketing EDGE is offering nine different marketing scholarships for the 2014 academic year. For more information or to apply, visit marketingedge.org/students/marketing-scholarships. Deadline for application is May 9.

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation will award 15–30 scholarships to students majoring in education at four-year colleges who have indicated a desire to teach humanities at the elementary and middle school levels, particularly in a rural district in Missouri. Scholarships can be as much as $2,000 and are available to juniors and seniors in undergraduate college, as well as to graduate students. For more information and to obtain an application for this scholarship, go to isgur.org. Deadline is May 15.
     
    The Rural Students Scholarship Essay Contest
    is now available to all high school seniors and full-time college students in the U.S. with a 3.0 grade point average. Sponsored by Blaze Wifi, this scholarship worth $500 is designed to promote digital literacy and higher education in underdeveloped and potentially at-risk rural areas of the U.S. Full scholarship guidelines are available at blazewifi.com/scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 30.

    Through a generous gift from Lloyd and Lois Elmore, a trust has been established to make scholarships of approximately $1,000 per semester (depending on need) available annually. Scholarship recipients must be active in a Southern Baptist Church or in a Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ). The scholarship recipients must attend Truman State University. Lloyd and Lois (Trower) Elmore operated a family farm in the Gibbs, Mo., community for 50 years before moving to La Plata, Mo., in 1968. Lloyd was a member of the Christian Church in Gibbs and La Plata. Lois was the daughter of a Baptist minister and attended the Southern Baptist Church in La Plata. She was also a member of the Loyal Bereans Class of the La Plata Christian Church. The Elmore’s established the trust fund to provide an educational opportunity for students in the northeast Missouri area who are actively involved in their church. Eligibility criteria: high school graduate from northeast Missouri; current Missouri resident; active involvement in a Southern Baptist Church or Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ); financial need; and acceptance to Truman State University. Selection criteria: completed application form; evidence of financial need; proof of acceptance to Truman State University; written letter of recommendation from the local clergy; and receipt of all the above by the application deadline, May 30. Renewal criteria: student must maintain a 2.50 grade point average; complete at least 24 credit hours in previous 12 months; evidence of continued active involvement in a Southern Baptist or Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ); and maximum renewal of three times. To apply, click here.

    The BigSun Organization is offering a $500 scholarship to help a student athlete succeed in academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Visit bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply. Deadline for submission is June 20.

    AES Engineers
    is offering $500 scholarships to students on the basis of character across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students are not required to be taking Engineering courses. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary education facility. To be eligible, students must answer the essay question at aesengineers.com. Deadline to apply is Oct. 6.