Leo and Caroline Funk Establish Two Scholarships, Increase Another

Leo and Caroline Funk of Columbia, Mo., recently made a gift of $50,000 to establish two new scholarships and increase an existing one.

The John Andrew Crossett Scholarship was established in honor of their grandson John Andrew (Andy) Crossett. Andy graduated summa cum laude from Truman in May of 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He credits the academic rigors of the political science major at Truman as having successfully prepared him for his pursuit of a law degree. In addition to his academics, Andy was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Theta Pi, Pi Sigma Alpha and the men’s golf team. The fund will provide scholarship support for political science students of high moral character with preference being given to members of the Greek community.

Leo and Caroline also established the Leo and Caroline Funk Scholarship. This fund will provide scholarship support to academically talented students of high moral character at Truman.

In addition to establishing the two new scholarships, Leo and Caroline also made an additional gift to the Katie Funk Swimming Scholarship, which they established in July of 2006. This scholarship was created in honor of their granddaughter, Katie Funk, who graduated from Truman in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing. Katie was a member of the women’s swimming team from 2002-06, a team that won the national championship in each of her years at Truman.

Although Leo and Caroline did not graduate from Truman, they have maintained a close and supportive relationship with the University during the years. Caroline served as a member of the Board of Regents from 1974-1977. Their recent gift to establish and increase scholarship support is reflective of their belief in the high-quality educational experiences offered to Truman students.
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