Vol. 27 No. 20 - February 6, 2023


  • Kirk Project Makes Progress with Demo Work


    After nearly a year of planning and preliminary work, the first steps of transforming the Kirk Building into a Student Success Center will begin Feb. 7 with partial demolition work.

    Crews will be on site from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A majority of the work will take place indoors with projects that do not make as much noise scheduled for the early morning hours out of respect for the nearby residence halls. Dumpsters will be located near the south end of Kirk Building. The partial interior demolition work should be completed in March.

    With financial assistance from the state of Missouri, Truman will renovate the Kirk Building to house a new Student Success Center. The center will employ a collaborative service model in which individual student service departments do not simply co-locate and deliver their services nearby to one another, but rather, work in coordination to meet students’ needs from entry to exit. The Student Success Center will be comprised of: the Career Center; Tutoring Services; the Student Health Center; Counseling Services; Student Access and Disability Services; the Center for Academic Excellence; the Communication Lab; and the Writing Center.

    Constructed in 1923, Kirk Building is named in honor of John R. Kirk, an alumnus and the second-longest tenured president in University history. For generations of alumni, it is remembered as the social center of campus since it was the site of games, assemblies and events.
  • Plan Ahead for Summer Class


    Summer is a great time for students to focus their attention on a challenging class, or work on boosting their GPA for scholarship renewal or graduate school applications. It is also an opportunity to make a lot of progress toward an additional major or minor without falling behind.

    The open course list for summer can be viewed on TruView now, with registration opening March 22. Courses are available in a variety of options, including online, hybrid and in-person delivery methods. The flexibility of summer courses provides students the opportunity to have a job, take a vacation or socialize with friends back home.

    With six separate terms throughout the summer, students have multiple options to fit their needs. Interim classes run May 13-27. The first round of five-week courses, as well as 10-week courses, begin May 30, while the second round of five-week courses begins July 3. An eight-week session begins June 5. The August interim runs from July 29-Aug. 12. For more information visit summer.truman.edu.
  • Truman to Field Polar Plunge Team for Special Olympics


    This year’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics of Missouri will take place in Kirksville Feb. 25, and all members of the campus community are welcome to participate with the University team.

    This “unbearable” event is a unique opportunity for participants to show their bravery as they support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters Missouri has to offer. Kirksville’s Polar Plunge will take place at the Thousand Hills State Park beach area.

    President Sue Thomas will be taking the plunge and leading the team. All students, faculty, staff and friends of the University are invited to participate. To register for the Truman team, click here, then “Register” and “Join a Team.” In keeping with this year’s theme, the Truman team name is the Disco Dogs. Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 each by event day. A registration fee of $10 is due at the time of registration, which does go toward the $75 fundraising minimum.

    Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Truman to Host Elementary and Middle School Math Contest


    In conjunction with mathleague.org, Truman will host a Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics qualifying contest for elementary and middle school students on campus Feb. 25.

    This contest is designed to be a learning experience. New problems are introduced at every contest, and students are allowed to keep their test questions and completed answer sheets. Solutions will be provided to all problems at the conclusion of the contest.

    As the largest network of local and state math competitions at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the United States and abroad, mathleague.org runs more than 400 contests globally and reaches more than 30,000 students each year.

    To register for the contest, complete the mathleague.org membership form for the student’s school at mathleague.org/membership.php. Once completed, registration for the Truman event can be done here.

    There is a $10 per student registration fee. Payment can be made via credit or PayPal as part of the registrations process. Alternatively, payments can be made by check, made out to MCTM, and can either be mailed to Tony Vazzana, Department of Mathematics, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501, or presented at check-in on contest day.

    Lunch will be provided for student participants, compliments of the Truman Department of Mathematics.

    The contest will take place in Violette Hall starting at 8:45 a.m., Feb. 25. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Vazzana at tvazzana@truman.edu or visit mathleague.org.
  • Pickler Family Furniture Donated to Special Collections


    Ruth Carlson and family recently donated furniture inherited from Ida Pickler, Samuel Pickler’s second wife, to Special Collections and Museums.

    The pieces were handmade in the Rococo Revival style by two influential furniture makers of the 19th century, Joseph Meeks and John Henry Belter. Samuel Pickler was a graduate and instructor for the University, a local businessman and an elected official for both Kirksville and Adair County. He and Ida married in 1898 and lived in Kirksville. After the large campus fire of 1924, Samuel donated $25,000 toward the construction of a new library, prompting the Board of Regents to name the building in his honor.

    Pieces of furniture from this newly donated collection and an accompanying exhibit are currently displayed on the third floor of Pickler Memorial Library outside of Special Collections.


  • Tau Lambda Sigma Recruitment to Start Feb. 6


    Tau Lambda Sigma is a selective service and social sorority local to Truman. TLS is a sisterhood comprised of anyone who uses any mix of she/her and they/them pronouns.

    Info Night
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 6
    Student Union Building Down Under 1101

    Service and Sisterhood Night

    6 p.m.
    Feb. 7
    Baldwin Hall 114

    Interview Night 1
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 8
    Violette Hall 1400s wing

    Invite Only Event
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 9
    Violette Hall 1400s wing

    Mandatory Event
    5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 10

    Follow TLS on Instagram for more information.
  • Alumna to Serve as Holman Speaker


    Susana Mendoza (’94) will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall as part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series.

    After graduating from Bolingbrook High School, Mendoza attended the University on a soccer and academic scholarship, earning all-midwest honors in soccer and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. In 2000, she was elected as the youngest member of the 92nd Illinois General Assembly. Mendoza served six terms as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011. As a state representative, she was recognized for her leadership and legislation on social services, education, law enforcement, job creation and animal welfare.

    Mendoza made history as the first woman ever elected as Chicago city clerk. She was elected Illinois comptroller in 2016 and is the first Hispanic independently elected to statewide office in the state of Illinois.

    No tickets are required for this event. For additional information, visit lyceum.truman.edu, call 660.785.4133 or email lyceumseries@truman.edu.
  • APO Sponsors Blood Drive

    Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 11:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7-8 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. There will be the opportunity to donate using the “Power Red” option. Donors will receive a free t-shirt and food, while supplies last.


  • Pizza Bowl Returns Feb. 9


    In honor of National Pizza Day, Feb. 9, students are invited to attend Spike's Annual Pizza Bowl for free pizza and a chance to vote for the best pizza in town.

    Local vendors vying for the title include Bellacino’s, Little Caesar’s, Casey’s, Domino’s, Hy-Vee and Sodexo. These businesses will be in the Student Union Building Georgian Room with free samples for students from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Other giveaways, including Spike’s Annual Pizza Bowl stickers, will also be available at the event.

    The winner will receive a pizza trophy. Follow Truman’s Instagram, @trumanstate, for updates and information on how to vote.
  • Save the Date: University Spring SPAW


    3-4:30 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    President Sue Thomas will give an address at 3 p.m., followed by Mini Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop (SPAW) session. Additional details will be provided within the next few weeks.
  • Fraternity Plant Sale Benefits Charity


    Phi Kappa Tau will be selling impatiens, daisies and carnations in hand-painted pots for Valentine’s Day. Impatiens and daisies will be $5, and carnations will be $6.

    Plants can be purchased from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 14 in Ophelia Parrish. Pre-orders are currently being accepted online.

    Everyone who buys one gets their flower type of choice in a painted pot. The daisies will be white and the others are red, pink and white when they bloom.

    Proceeds will support Phi Kappa Tau’s philanthropy, SeriousFun Children’s Network, which offers free recreational experiences to seriously ill children.
  • Organization Offers Free Help with Tax Preparation


    Beta Alpha Psi will host Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sessions from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 11, Feb. 25 and March 25 in Violette Hall 1424.

    Clients who come to VITA should bring: social security cards for spouses and dependents; bank routing numbers and bank account numbers for direct deposit; wage and earnings statements such as W-2, 1098T and 1099; and a copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns if available. VITA services will be completed by IRS-certified volunteers and will also offer free electronic filing to receive a faster return.

    Appointments are required. Call 660.785.6064 to schedule. For more information, visit bap.truman.edu/vita.
  • Cardinal Key to Begin Spring Rush

    Those interested in joining Cardinal Key should submit an application by 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

    Rush Party 1

    Last names A-M: 1-2:30 p.m.
    Last names N-Z: 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Feb. 18
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Rush Party 2
    Last names A-M: 5:30-7 p.m.
    Last names N-Z: 7:30-9 p.m.
    Feb. 22
    Magruder 1000

    Rush Party 3 (Invite only)

    1-3 p.m.
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building Activities Room

  • Phi Sigma Pi Hosts Recruitment Events Through Feb. 24


    Phi Sigma Pi is a gender inclusive, national honor fraternity.

    Info Night
    7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
    Feb. 20
    Magruder Hall 2050

    Fellowship Night
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 21
    Magruder 2050

    Scholarship Night
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 22
    Magruder Hall 2090

    Leadership Night (Invite only)
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 23
    Magruder Hall 2090

    Game Night (Invite only)
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 24
    Magruder Hall 2090
  • Mascot Tryouts Set for Feb. 28

  • Housing Renewal Now Open for Next Year


    Students interested in living on campus during the 2023-2024 school year can now make arrangements to do so.

    Living on campus provides easy access to campus amenities, as well as built-in fun and friendship. Researchers have found living on campus improves the likelihood a student will persist in college and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Residence Life has several options for students who want to live on campus including single residence hall rooms, apartments and suites for up to four roommates.

    Housing renewal applications are currently open on TruView. Under the “Student” tab, click on “Student Housing/Residence Life.” There, students will be able to complete their application to prepare for room self-selection in February. Students will need to have a completed housing application and deposit on file before they can self-select a room. For questions about the housing renewal process visit truman.edu/residence-life or contact Residence Life at 660.785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu.
  • UCS and CDI Present “Safe Spaces in New Places”


    University Counseling Services and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are continuing their collaboration this semester.

    These offices recognize some students might be hesitant to schedule an appointment and visit the counseling center so they wanted to offer an alternative. “Safe Spaces in New Places” will allow students the chance to speak with a counselor in a neutral location without a formal appointment. The hope is students who would otherwise be reluctant, can feel more comfortable coming in to ask questions, vent and just chat about whatever it is they need.

    “Safe Spaces in New Places” will take place 12-1 p.m. every Tuesday in the Interfaith Center located in Baldwin Hall 113. There is no appointment necessary and everyone is welcome.
  • Environmental Committee Extends Project Proposal Deadline


    The Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee is currently seeking proposals for improving sustainability and environmentalism on campus. Any member of the Truman community can propose a project idea to the committee for consideration. In the past they have funded projects such as updated compost equipment, bee houses, solar power for the University Farm and reusable water bottle fillers. Proposals can be completed using this form. The deadline for proposal submission is Feb. 10. Any questions can be emailed to dwa8863@truman.edu.
  • OSR Seeks Summer Research Proposals


    The Office of Student Research is accepting TruScholars proposals for research and creative scholarship conducted during the eight-week summer term, June 5-July 28.

    During the program, students should devote full-time effort to their project and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration. Grant applications may request up to a maximum value of $5,750, including a $3,500 max student stipend and $1,750 max mentor stipend.

    Complete guidelines for the TruScholars applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications are due Feb. 15. Questions can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • SAB Hosts DJ and Drag Show

    SAB will host a drag show and DJ event from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. The show will feature queens NYX and Rhea Litre as well as the DJ Shi**y Princess. Follow @trumansab’s Instagram story leading up to the event for the chance to find exclusive meet-and-greet passes.

  • Homecoming Committee Applications Now Being Accepted


    Applications for Homecoming 2023 are now available. The positions open are director, public relations coordinator, event coordinator, philanthropy coordinator, lip sync coordinator and ceremony coordinator. Position descriptions can be found here. The deadline to apply is Feb. 19. Contact homecoming@truman.edu for any further questions.
  • Nominations Open for Academic Accolades


    The Academic Affairs committee for Student Government is accepting nominations for Academic Accolades.

    Every year, Student Government selects an Educator of the Year, Research Mentor of the Year and Faculty Wellness Honoree. They hope to find someone to represent each department and hear who students believe are the best professors at Truman.

    The deadline to submit a nomination form is Feb. 24. Email sab5631@truman.edu with any questions.
  • February is Financial Aid Awareness Month


    Students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible for the 2023-24 school year. Financial aid packages for the coming school year will be available in April for currently enrolled students.

    In celebration of Financial Aid Awareness Month, the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103 will have free candy available. Students are encouraged to visit the office and discuss any questions they may have about financial aid. Along with processing the FAFSA to determine federal, state and some University funds, the office provides information about scholarship service and renewal for returning students. They can also help with private scholarship check processing, funding for study abroad or summer school, budgeting, financial literacy or loan counseling.

    For more information, visit the Financial Aid Office website, call 660.785.4130 or email finaid@truman.edu.
  • Applications Open for SAB

    Spring applications for the Student Activities Board are now open. SAB plans concerts, comedians, films and much more. Those interested can apply at sab.truman.edu/apply. Applications close at 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

  • School of Business Begins Forum Series


    The School of Business will host its inaugural Tru-Biz Forum at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Violette Hall 1000.

    The Tru-Biz Forum invites business leaders in a variety of fields to share their expertise and insights. The Feb. 23 event focuses on international business-related topics with renowned international business experts, including Dr. William Newburry, Ryder Eminent Scholar of Global Business at Florida International University, and Ryan Murphy, CFO at Nidec Americas Holding Corporation.

    All students, faculty, staff and local businesspeople are welcome for inspiration and learning with the renowned speakers. Networking will follow.
  • Applications Available for Summer Museums and Archives Internships


    Applications are now being accepted for summer internships at the following locations in Missouri:

    •    Independence: Harry Truman Presidential Library (full-time)
    •    Kansas City: National World War I Museum (part-time)
    •    St. Joseph: St. Joseph Museums (part-time)
    •    St. Louis: Field House Museum (part-time), Missouri History Museum (part-time), Mercantile Library (part-time)
    •    Springfield: MSU Special Collections and Archive (part-time)

    The summer internships are open to all Truman students and are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums and teaching. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Email jasonmcd@truman.edu to find out what the internships entail and how to apply.
  • Workshop Helps with Chronic Conditions

    The ATSU Area Health Education Center is hosting a Living a Healthy Life event every Monday night at 6 p.m. through March 6 via Zoom. This free workshop is ideal for people with ongoing health conditions or who care for someone with an ongoing condition. Participants will receive a “Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions” book and a “Relaxation for the Mind and Body” CD. Register by calling 660.626.2887 or by emailing cht@atsu.edu. A workshop Zoom link will be emailed upon registration.
  • QPR Training Available for Faculty and Staff

    QPR is being offered to faculty and staff from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Refreshments will be provided.  To attend, sign-up here

    QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.
  • Learn About Graduate Programs at Info Session

    Information sessions about each graduate program will take place both virtually and on campus. Master’s programs offered are accountancy, athletic training, communication disorders, education, English, leadership, music, counseling (online), data science and analytic storytelling (online) and gifted education (online).

    Data Science
    3:30 p.m.
    Feb. 6
    Zoom and in-person in Violette Hall 1300
    Register here.

    Disability Studies/Applied Behavior Analysis
    3:30 p.m.
    March 2
    Zoom or Violette Hall 1000
    Register here.

    Gifted Education
    3:30 p.m.
    March 30
    Register here.
  • Free Testing for Covid-19, RSV and Influenza

    Every Friday there will be free testing available for Covid-19, RSV and Influenza available on campus. A drive-through clinic will be sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services in the parking lot at the corner of S. First and W. Randolph streets from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Testing is provided free of charge and is open to all. For more information, contact the Adair County Health Department at 660.665.8491.
  • Essay Contest Accepting Submissions


    All Truman students are eligible to enter an essay contest sponsored by The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) for a prize of $500.

    The COPLAC Board of Directors, in memory of the contributions of David J. Prior to the advancement of the consortium and to student success in the public liberal arts sector, are sponsoring the second annual student essay prize in his name.

    The David J. Prior COPLAC Award recognizes two senior-level undergraduates whose academic careers and future goals have been shaped by the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences experience at a COPLAC institution. Each student’s reflective personal essay will highlight one or more of the following features of COPLAC’s student-centered approach to teaching: emphasis on active learning; ethical reasoning; interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge; community engagement; critical and reflective skills; and connections between liberal learning and informed, active citizenship. Essays should focus on the value of a public liberal arts education and avoid multiple references to the particular virtues of one’s home institution.  

    David Prior’s career-long commitment to superior undergraduate teaching, his desire as a consortium leader to make the outcomes of an education at our public liberal arts institutions widely recognized, and his deep concern that all students, regardless of financial circumstances, have equal access to a high-quality education anchored in the liberal arts and sciences, will be reflected in each of the prize-winning essays.

    All submissions should be sent via email attachment to bailey@coplac.com no later than March 1.


  • Truman Theatre Earns Honors at Festival

    Sixteen Truman theatre students and two faculty members traveled to Des Moines, Iowa., for the Region 5 KCACTF gathering, Jan. 22-28.

    Students attended workshops in acting, directing and design, watched invited productions, and auditioned and interviewed for professional work. They also networked with theatre students and faculty from Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Brad Carlson, assistant professor of theatre, served as the chair of the region, and Cat Gleason, assistant professor, coordinated the devised theatre program.

    The following students were recognized for their work at the festival:
    •    Jack Danter, Heart of the Art for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Digital Lobby Display for “Bhagavadajjukam”
    •    Me Crouch, student advisory board member
    •    Lydia Lamb, Irene Ryan semifinalist in acting with Regan Bohanan, scene partner
    •    Caroline Million, Irene Ryan semifinalist in acting with Regan Bohanan, scene partner

     KCACTF also recognized the work of University theatre departments throughout the course of the year. Truman theatre artists received the following certificates of merit:
    •    Sav Scarbrough for costume design, “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”
    •    David Charles Goyette for directing, “Matilda”
    •    Brad M. Carlson for scenic design, projections and lighting, “Matilda”
    •    Brittain Cooper for musical direction, “Matilda”
    •    Cast, crew and creatives for collaborative spirit, “Matilda”
    •    DeAnna Rowe and Ray Billedo for costume design, “Matilda”
    •    Kayla Cotter and Dariya Kucheryaba for dialect coaching, “Matilda”
    •    Emma Lewis for choreography, “Matilda”
    •    Addie McGrath for sound design, “The Revolutionists”

  • Speech and Debate Team Performs Well at Tournaments

    The speech and debate team competed at Webster University’s 25th Annual Gorlok Gala in St. Louis, Missouri. Out of 28 schools in attendance, they finished first overall, leading by more than 100 points. The team also receive recognition as the top Pi Kappa Delta school, and the individual events (IE)/speech team finished first in IE sweepstakes. Many students received individual honors based on their speeches, debates and performances.
    In debate, junior Alicia Stout made it to the quarterfinals in Open Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate and was speaker champion at the tournament.
    The novice/freshmen speech team members also performed exceptionally well.

    Briggs Maynor was awarded top novice in program oral interpretation, fifth place in poetry, fifth place and top novice in dramatic interpretation (DI), and fourth place and top novice in duo interpretation with Jessie Philips. Briggs was also the tournament champion in duo with junior Ella Schnake.
    • Philips finished fourth and top novice in both duo with Briggs and in poetry.
    Alex Peterson was the tournament champion and top novice in communication analysis (CA), third place and top novice in both impromptu speaking and persuasion and fourth and top novice in prose. Peterson accumulated enough points to place third in individual sweepstakes at the tournament.
    Anna Hans earned fifth place in persuasion.
    Brynna Seim was top novice and fourth place in after dinner speaking (ADS).
    Varsity speech team members had a comparable showing.
    • Junior Jillian Humke earned second place in ADS, third place in both DI and improvisational duet acting (IDA) with Schnake, fourth place in POI and excellence in impromptu. Humke placed second in individual sweepstakes at the tournament.
    • Junior Megan Ford placed third in both ADS and CA, and sixth in IDA with senior Maya Krump.
    • Junior Lucah McCullough finished fourth in persuasion and earned excellence in impromptu.
    • Schnake earned third in IDA with Humke and second place in both CA and poetry. Schnake was the tournament champion in DI, prose and duo with Maynor. She was individual sweepstakes tournament champion.
    • Krump finished fourth in informative speaking, sixth in IDA with Ford and seventh in persuasion.
    New qualifications to the NFA national competition in April include Seim for ADS, Schnake for CA and poetry, McCullough for persuasion, Humke for POI and Peterson for prose.
    Also, in attendance at the Gorlok were juniors Eli Bartz and Elijah Baum and freshman Aiden Breesawitz.

    The speech team also competed virtually in the Online Asynchronous Tournament Series (OATS) #5. The team took home first place in team sweepstakes out of 44 schools.
    • Maynor finished sixth in DI, third in duo with Schnake and was the top novice in duo with Philips. Maynor received top novice and fourth place in individual sweepstakes.
    • Philips was fourth and top novice in impromptu and top novice in duo with Maynor.
    • Peterson earned top novice and fifth place in ADS.
    • Humke finished second in ADS and fourth in DI.
    • Ford finished third in ADS.
    • Schnake was the tournament champion in DI and finished third in duo with Maynor. She received third place in individual sweepstakes.

  • Dereck Daschke

    Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 21-25, as press for the Journal of Religion and Film, Vol 27.1. Daschke reviewed eight feature films, one short film and one panel discussion on Jewish representation in film, analyzing the cinematic depiction of religious themes, practices and peoples. The Journal of Religion and Film is an open access, online academic journal committed to the study of connections between the medium of film and the phenomena of religion.

  • Victor Marquez-Barrios

    Victor Marquez-Barrios, associate professor of music, has been invited to speak at a panel sponsored by the American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota., Feb. 5. The event will feature Latin American and ACF composer awardees in conversation about documenting the shift in experiences through generations. The theme is “Immigration, Identity and the Arts.”


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship


    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy.

    Purdy was born in 1914 on a farm near Macon and was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus' first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    The scholarship is designed to provide merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The scholarship is up to $5,000 per year and renewable for a total of three years.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. citizen, and a sophomore, junior or senior attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri. Applications should be submitted online through Scholarship Central. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130 for more information. The application deadline is April 15.