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Aaron L & Sylvia (McConkey) Thompson

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  • Aaron L & Sylvia (McConkey) Thompson Scholarship
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Abby Leigh Cockrill

Abby Cockrill, 22, was majoring in early childhood elementary education and student teaching in Platte City in addition to serving as a youth minister. She was on track to graduate with honors from Northwest when her life tragically ended when she was killed by a drunken driver on August 2010. 

Her parents, Pat and Diana Cockrill of Platte City, created the Abby Leigh Cockrill Memorial Foundation Scholarship through the Northwest Foundation in her memory. The scholarship recipients must be juniors or seniors at Northwest majoring in elementary education, with priority given to students involved in Greek life. 

“Abby’s spirit and enthusiasm were a joyous inspiration to everyone who knew her,” said Dr. Barbara Crossland, former associate professor of curriculum and instruction. “It’s wonderful that this scholarship will honor her memory.” 

“Abby was a perfect model of our enthusiastic, committed future teachers,” said Dr. Margaret Drew, former professor of curriculum and instruction. 

Cockrill was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority where she had served as parliamentarian, was in charge of their overall Homecoming for two years and served as a Gamma Chi for two years, helping mentor and guide ladies going through recruitment. She also was selected to the Order of Omega, a Greek honor society. 

Cockrill participated in the annual BRUSH (Beautifying Residences Using Student Help) projects on campus and in the community, contributed to the Ministry Center Food Drive Campaign, raised funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, assisted with residential life programming and facilitated residential spirituality nights. 

In addition, she was on the President’s Honor Roll, was a member of Tower Choir her freshman year and was a member of the Cardinal Key National Honor Society, where she helped in events to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She volunteered and supported Special Olympics, participated in Kids Corner, where she read books to children and those in hospitals, and read to children at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School. 

“Abby was a true leader who had the ability to inspire others to be better people and to give back to their community,” said her mother, Diana Cockrill. “Ever since she was a young girl, she wanted to teach and make a difference in the lives of children. She had a passion for working with children and youth and the enthusiasm to be a wonderful teacher. Abby truly loved to live and lived to love.”
Scholarships associated with Abby Leigh Cockrill
  • Abby Leigh Cockrill Memorial Scholarship
A-C Lightning

Scholarships associated with A-C Lightning
  • A-C Lightning Scholarship
Accounting Faculty

Scholarships associated with Accounting Faculty
  • Accounting Faculty Award
Ada M Royston

This award is given in honor of Mrs. Ada M. Royston, a pioneer music business woman of northwest Missouri.
Scholarships associated with Ada M Royston
  • Ada M Royston Memorial Instrumental Music Scholarship
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AgriVision Equipment

With roots dating back to 1899, the AgriVision Equipment, with 10 locations across Southwest Iowa, our community focus still remains. As a locally owned and operated company, and one of the largest Ag employers in Iowa, we think that it is our responsibility to give back to the area that has made us successful and assist in the continued support of our communities for years to come.
 
Scholarships associated with AgriVision Equipment
  • AgriVision Equipment Scholarship
Agronomy Club

Membership in Agronomy Club is open to all students interested in crops and soils. The group sponsors speakers, field trips, and scholarships.
Scholarships associated with Agronomy Club
  • Agronomy Club Scholarship
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Albert & Virginia Winemiller

Albert Edward Winemiller, Sr., son of Jacob and Lucretia Cooper Winemiller, was born August 14, 1916 near Sheridan, MO.  He was also the nephew of Albert H. Cooper. He was a graduate of Sheridan High School and Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College in Maryville, MO.  In 1937, while students in college, Albert and Virginia were married. Albert graduated in 1940 with a teaching degree in Business and Agriculture.   He taught 3 years in a one room school and was Superintendent of the Grandview, McFall and Dearborn, MO Schools before entering the U.S. Navy in World War II.  He served in the South Pacific as a Lieutenant Jr. Grade.  After the war, Albert and Virginia moved to Kansas City, Missouri and Albert worked for the Veterans Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration where he was a Division Chief 24 of his 31 years in government.  

Virginia Ina Needels, daughter of William and Minnie Wall Needels, was born October 21, 1915 at the family homestead near Parnell, Mo.  She graduated from Ravenwood High School and Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College.  Virginia graduated in 1940 with a teaching degree in Home Economics, English and Social Studies. She taught in one room schools in McFall and Dearborn, Missouri, and in Kansas City.  She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Albert and Virginia loved caring for family and volunteering in Scouts and Broadway Methodist Church where they were members for 58 years. They were loving caring religious hard working patriots and examples of God's very best.

Scholarships associated with Albert & Virginia Winemiller
  • Albert & Virginia Winemiller Scholarship
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Albert H & Eula Cooper

Albert Henry "Bert" Cooper was born July 3, 1880 in Mercer County Illinois.  His family moved to Taylor County, Iowa when he was two years old.  They came to Nodaway County the next year to a farm four miles southwest of Sheridan, Missouri.  Albert was the oldest of nine children.  He attended the Lone Star Rural School northeast of Gaynor, Missouri.  He also attended the Maryville Normal School where he was a member of the 1907 class, Chicago University, and Harvard University, where he received his Master's Degree in Education in 1925.

Albert taught in a Nodaway County school and was Superintendent of Schools at Barnard and Grant City.  He was the Nodaway County Superintendent of Schools from 1916 to 1921.  During this time the four-year high schools were established in the county.  He was an expert in rural education and was brought on the Northwest staff by President Uel Lamkin as director of extension and correspondence work from 1921 to 1947. He served in the State Legislature as a representative from Nodaway County from 1935 to 1941.  From 1941 until his death in 1957, he was Director of the Department of Business and Administration of the State of Missouri.  In 1963 Cooper Hall was added to the residence hall complex and named to honor Albert's contribution to Northwest.

On July 18, 1920, he married another school teacher, Eula Snowberger of Graham, Missouri.  The two together were always interested in the young people with whom they were associated.  They encouraged and supported the education of nieces and nephews and many other young people.  Of the thirteen Cooper nieces and nephews, eleven became teachers.

Albert E. Winemiller, a nephew, and his wife, Virginia, established this scholarship to honor both Albert "Bert" and his wife, Eula.  The scholarship is designed to assist students showing promise as teachers.

 
Scholarships associated with Albert H & Eula Cooper
  • Albert & Eula Cooper Memorial Scholarship
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Aldrich Family

The Aldrich Family Memorial Scholarship was established with a gift from Dr. Anita Aldrich, Northwest Foundation board director, in the fall of 1976. Dr. Anita Aldrich was a 1936 graduate of Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and a dedicated health, physical education and recreation professional, teacher, advocate, volunteer and leader.

During a career spanning 47 years, she served as a teacher and administrator of physical education programs in King City, St. Joseph and Kansas City, Mo., and at Indiana University. She was appointed in 1961 as an advisor to President John F. Kennedy’s Fitness Council and served as president during 1962-1963 of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation to which she was later named an honor fellow.
 
Scholarships associated with Aldrich Family
  • Aldrich Family Memorial Scholarship
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Aleta and Dean Hubbard

Decades before becoming Northwest’s ninth president, Dr. Dean Hubbard was a first-generation college student working to realize his aspirations of attaining a college degree and doing it with little financial support.

As he neared the completion of his bachelor’s degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., Hubbard was the beneficiary of one farmer’s financial gift to the institution.

As Northwest’s president from 1984 until his retirement in 2009, Hubbard, with his wife, Aleta, helped shape the University as a leader in Missouri higher education and worked to make it affordable for people lacking the financial means to work toward a college degree.

Today the Hubbards continue to fulfill that mission and recently pledged to assist deserving scholars through their namesake scholarship and the Dr. Joe Willey & Dr. Barbara J. Orr-Willey Fund. The Aleta & Dean Hubbard Scholarship was established in 2003 through a cash gift by the Willeys, who are longtime friends of the Hubbards, and multiple scholarships are awarded annually to entering Northwest freshmen.

As Northwest president, Hubbard led the University to national recognition for its “Culture of Quality” initiative, which fostered continuous improvement in all aspects of the institution’s operations. Northwest won the Missouri Quality Award four consecutive times – in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008 – and is the only educational institution in the state to have done so.

Hubbard’s presidency also involved making Northwest the first comprehensive electronic campus in the United States in 1987, and he supported the expansion of Northwest’s pioneering alternative fuels program. The alternative fuels program transforms recycled cardboard, paper and agricultural wastes into energy to heat and cool the campus, and it saved the University more than $10 million dollars during Hubbard’s tenure compared to the cost of purchasing natural gas.

Additionally, Hubbard’s vision to provide unparalleled learning and research opportunities for Northwest students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines translated into the development of the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which was renamed in his honor in 2014.
Scholarships associated with Aleta and Dean Hubbard
  • Aleta and Dean Hubbard Scholarship
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Alfred E Sergel III

The Alfred E Sergel III Band Alumni Scholarship was established by the Northwest Band Alumni Chapter in honor of Mr. Sergel for his 23 years as Director of Bands at Northwest.
Scholarships associated with Alfred E Sergel III
  • Alfred E Sergel III Band Alumni Scholarship
Alice Corley

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  • Alice Corley Scholarship
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Alice M Oliver

Alice was born on a farm east of Guilford, Missouri in 1911 where she lived much of her life with her husband Wesley H. Oliver.   Living through the Great Depression of the early 20th century, she learned the value of practicality and saving money.
Although she had no children of her own, she doted on nieces and nephews and followed their growth and activities and education.
In her last few years of her life, Alice lived in an assisted living facility where she grew to love and respect those who provided her with care.  She heard their stories of working hard while furthering their education and very much wanted to provide this scholarship with a nursing focus at Northwest. 
After her death in 2010, portions of her estate were given to numerous charities that were near and dear to her heart, including Children’s Mercy Hospital, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Association.  Another scholarship is endowed at South Nodaway R-IV Schools for high school students pursuing higher education.
Scholarships associated with Alice M Oliver
  • Alice M Oliver Nursing Scholarship
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Allen A. & Helen Doak

When Cheryl Clark was looking for a way to memorialize her parents after their deaths, she decided a gift to Northwest Missouri State University in support of education was a fitting tribute.

Clark, with her husband, Steve, is honoring her parents with the creation of the Allen A. and Helen Doak Family Scholarship for math education majors who demonstrate potential for success as a teacher.
The scholarship is a tribute to Allen’s career as a math teacher, principal, superintendent and basketball coach as well as Helen’s contributions to her husband's endeavors as a full-time homemaker and assistance with their farming operation. Allen was a 1930 Northwest graduate and passed away in 2000; Helen died in 2010.

“His life was fulfilled,” Clark said of her father. “He lived his life doing what he enjoyed, which was teaching and farming.”

Allen was the second of four children. After graduating high school, he joined his sister at Northwest, and his brothers followed for a period of time.

He had a passion for learning. Rather than taking advantage of summer breaks, he remained enrolled in classes and graduated with his sister, who started college a year prior to him. 

While at Northwest, Allen was the treasurer of his graduating class. He also worked his way through college as an employee in the kitchen of one of the women’s dormitories.

“To this day, we still have one of the recipes used in the kitchen,” Clark said. “I call it ‘Allen A’s French Salad Dressing.”

He served in the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged as lieutenant commander. His teaching career included three years at Turney, Missouri, seven years at Lawson, Missouri, as a math teacher, basketball coach and superintendent, and 15 years at Osborn, Missouri, where he was a math teacher and principal. He finished his career as a teacher and assistant basketball coach in Cameron, Missouri.
“He would also say that although grades are important, the experiences you have and the people you meet in your college years will be with you forever, and the lives you touch in your teaching career will span generations,” Clark said.
Scholarships associated with Allen A. & Helen Doak
  • Allen A & Helen Doak Family Scholarship
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Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922 its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.
Scholarships associated with Alpha Chi
  • Alpha Chi Scholarship
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Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship Fund was established in May, 1976.
Scholarships associated with Alpha Phi Omega
  • Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship
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Alpha Tau Alpha

Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA) is an honorary organization for Agriculture Education majors. It enables members to develop professional and leadership skills.
Scholarships associated with Alpha Tau Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Alpha Scholarship
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Alsbury-Leopard Family

The Alsbury-Leopard Music Scholarship has been established in memory of Marsha Alsbury Leopard’s father, James Alsbury, an instrumental music major and in honor of his grandchildren who were involved in the music program at Northwest.  Grandson Nathan Leopard was a member of Northwest Celebration and granddaughter Hayley Leopard was a member of Tower Choir and the flag corp of the Bearcat Marching Band. Hayley is married to Tom Brockman, also a Bearcat and the current Director of Bands in the Smithville School District.   The family connection to both the instrumental and vocal music programs at Northwest has been a strong one through the years.  The family is pleased to be able to support the music program by providing this scholarship for a deserving student.
 
Scholarships associated with Alsbury-Leopard Family
  • Alsbury-Leopard Family Music Scholarship
Alyce L Cummins

Alyce L. Cummins (the family matriarch) recognized the importance of education. As a young woman, she went to college to become an educator, but the Great Depression interrupted her path. In her 40s, as a non-traditional student, she fulfilled her dream as a second-grade school teacher. The approach of caring about the student AND child made her a favorite by many.
Scholarships associated with Alyce L Cummins
  • Alyce L Cummins Future Educator Scholarship
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Amy Munro-Kounovsky

Bob and Jan FitzSimmons, of Lincoln, Nebraska, recently honored 2008 Northwest alumna Amy Munro-Kounovsky by establishing the Amy Munro-Kounovsky Scholarship. Beginning with 2017-2018, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Northwest junior or senior majoring in corporate recreation and wellness and enrolled in a recreation internship.

Munro-Kounovsky graduated from Northwest with degrees in corporate recreation and wellness and therapeutic recreation, and she became American College of Sport Medicine certified in 2008. After graduation, she accepted a position Prairie Life Fitness in Lincoln and works as a personal trainer.

The FitzSimmons value a healthy lifestyle, and Jan is a member at Prairie Life Fitness. Six years ago, she was looking for a new personal trainer. Amy and Jan began working together, and Jan is thankful of Amy’s knowledge and experience in the fitness world.

“Amy is very good to work with,” Jan said. “She developed a great approach for working with senior citizens with multiple medical issues.”

When Munro-Kounovsky got married in 2016, Jan wanted to do something to honor her for a wedding gift. The FitzSimmons endowed a scholarship in her name not only as a tribute to her but because of their belief in education.

“The scholarship that Bob and Jan put in my name is one of the most generous things anyone has ever done for me,” Munro-Kounovsky said. “I feel extremely lucky and thankful to be a part of something that will help students fulfill their dreams of helping others through health and wellness.”

Bob graduated from high school in 1958 and received a four-year scholarship to attend Kansas University, and Jan received a scholarship as a student at South Dakota State University. Because of the financial support they received in college, they understand the impact scholarships have on students’ lives.

“Sometimes the students who don’t qualify for the large scholarships believe it is because they did not earn a 4.0 grade-point average,” Jan said. “People have to understand there are a lot of different things that come into play like the amount of time a student works after school or extra-curricular activities. This does not mean they don’t value their education. It’s just that other things were pulling them in different directions.”

The FitzSimmons view endowed scholarships as an opportunity to leave a legacy to the communities that have paved the way for their careers and lives. With the number of people applying for college, they encourage students to be timely and diligent in researching scholarship opportunities.

“I think there is a lot of deserving young students who haven’t been able to attend the college they wanted to because of the cost,” Bob said.  “Scholarships are out there. I encourage them to do a lot of research and apply for as many as they can.”

As a student, Munro-Kounovsky took advantage of networks and connections with Northwest faculty. She worked at a ropes course in New Hampshire for a summer, worked at the former Northwest fitness center and interned at Prairie Life Fitness, where she is currently employed.

“I am very grateful for the connections and all of the hands-on experiences that aided me in choosing the right career path,” Munro-Kounovsky said.
Scholarships associated with Amy Munro-Kounovsky
  • Amy Munro-Kounovsky Scholarship
Amy P Elifrits

In 1989, C. Dale Elifrits and his father established the Amy P. Elifrits Scholarship in loving memory of his mother.  Mrs. Elifrits was a 1960 graduate of Northwest with a degree in elementary education.  Her son, Dale, is also a gradute of Northwest with a math degree.
Scholarships associated with Amy P Elifrits
  • Amy P Elifrits Scholarship
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Andy & Anne Jones

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  • Andy & Anne Jones Scholarship
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Ann Allen Brekke

Assistant professor of dance Ann Brekke and Dr. Jerry Brekke, political science professor, share much in common.  In fact, the husband and wife duo have shared many memories through the years at Northwest.

Both from different backgrounds and with different goals, somehow they ended up at Northwest and spent a combined 69 years teaching on campus.  Jerry came to Northwest from Minnesota in 1964 to teach, while Ann was in Jefferson City earning her master's degree.  The couple met during registration in Lamkin Gym in 1965 and were married in 1966.  

The couple continued to teach in their respective departments, Jerry focusing primarily on constitutional law and Ann on modern, social, aerobic and recreational dance.  
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  • Ann Allen Brekke Scholarship
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Anna M Painter

In October of 1947, the Maryville Branch of the American Association of University Women started raising money for a graduate loan fund, the purpose being to encourage graduate study among women.  Most of the original funds were from donations by women alumni of Northwest.  Money was also left to the branch by the will of Dr. Anna M. Painter (professor of English at Northwest for many years) after the fund had been named in her honor.  The first loan was made in 1951. The fund was replenished and available for addtional loans as previous loans were repaid.  In 1981, because of the increase in interest rates and an additional contribution from the Branch, the loan was changed to a graduate scholarship for women.
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  • Anna M Painter Graduate Scholarship
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Anne (Morgan) Sapp

Denny Sapp, a 1968 Northwest graduate who became a Naval aviator and served as a Blue Angels solo demonstration pilot for two seasons, established the Anne Morgan Sapp Dream Team Scholarship through the Northwest Foundation.

“She was just always there to do something for somebody else,” Denny said. “The empathy that she had was unreal. I just never knew anybody like her. I guess that’s why I wanted to be part of her life.”

The scholarship will assist students who qualify for the Northwest Promise, previously known as the American Dream Grant. The inaugural scholarship of $1,000 was awarded for the 2023-24 academic year.

Denny told Anne about the scholarship’s creation on her birthday, July 29, just weeks before she died on Aug. 14, after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma.

“She was incredibly tickled about it, knowing that it was going to be a scholarship for people who were in need,” Denny said.

Anne was born and raised in Elliott, Iowa, and graduated from Northwest in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She was an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and served as its president. She also was voted Northwest’s Tower Queen.

Denny was born and raised in Red Oak, Iowa, and graduated from Northwest with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in industrial arts. He was active in the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and met Anne while he was serving as the Phi Sig house manager.

As a member of the U.S. Navy, he made three deployments to Vietnam, recording 367 combat missions and receiving numerous decorations. He then was assigned duties as a test and evaluation pilot at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, California. From there, Denny was selected to join the Blue Angels in Pensacola, Florida, where he flew as a solo demonstration pilot in 1975 and 1976.

Sapp retired from the Navy after 23 years of service with the rank of captain. He then flew for Western Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Due to Denny’s Naval service, the couple moved frequently and Anne carried her passion for education with them. Anne’s first teaching position was in a north Florida high school with more than 4,000 students on the heels of racial integration, which sparked her advocacy for social justice.

When the couple moved to Thousand Oaks, California, in the early 1980s, Anne started a learning assistance program at California Lutheran University. She finished her career teaching at Gig Harbor High School in Washington, where she taught for five years and was voted favorite teacher three times by the senior class.

“She was an educator at the top of the board,” Denny said. “She was always concerned about students not having funds to go to college.”

Once retired, the couple traveled extensively, including multiple trips to Cambodia, where they worked with a non-government organization (NGO) to help rescue trafficked children and open a school.

“I wanted people to understand what kind of a person she had been and the accolades that she had received her entire life,” Denny said. “She was always willing to step to the background and not be in the limelight. She liked to sit in the front row of class, but she never wanted to be in the limelight.”

Scholarships associated with Anne (Morgan) Sapp
  • Anne (Morgan) Sapp Dream Team Scholarship
Annelle Z Weymuth

Scholarships associated with Annelle Z Weymuth
  • Annelle Z Weymuth Scholarship
Anonymous

Established to assist graduate students pursuing a degree in English.
Scholarships associated with Anonymous
  • Graduate English Fellowship
Anonymous PCMC

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  • Anonymous PCMC Scholarship
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Arne & Mary Le Johnson

Northwest Missouri State University alumnus Arne Johnson and his wife, Mary Le, want students to earn an education at a campus that is inviting to all.

With that in mind, the Johnsons’established the the Arne and Mary Le Johnson Scholarship, which focus on students’ academic and financial needs.

While Mary Le is an architect in Houston, Arne, a 1977 graduate of Northwest, is the senior vice president of general counsel and secretary for Noble Energy, an independent oil and gas company there. He heads the corporate affairs legal department, the company’s corporate compliance department, and global security and government relations.

“To us, philanthropy in general is a way to make a real difference in the world,” Arne said. “In this context, philanthropy is really about creating opportunities for others that in a lot of cases we have been fortunate to have ourselves.”

Arne attributes his career success to the high values and principles he developed at Northwest.

“I studied political science and public administration at Northwest, and I think that was what sparked my interest to go to law school,” he said. “I believe more than anything else, just learning the importance of solid values are things that have been helpful.” 

Growing up in Shenandoah, Iowa, Arne never thought he would attend college.

“Looking back, I’m not sure there was a time I thought I could or would go to college, let alone graduate,” he said. “I think, in a lot of ways, I am probably the prototypical Northwest student with somewhat of a modest, rural background and the first in the family to attend and finish college. It’s a role the school has continued to play today.”

Northwest proved to be a comfortable way to bridge the gap between his small town roots and the career path he wanted to pursue.

“It’s funny because it was really only later on in my life that I came to appreciate how much of a difference Northwest made in my life,” Arne said. “What I love most about Northwest is it’s a harvesting ground for diamonds in the rough. You realize, if you work hard, you can make something of it.”

After learning more about the TRIO program at Northwest and scholarship opportunities, Arne and Mary Le wanted to assist people interested in attending the University but who may not have the financial resources to do so. Launched at Northwest in 1986, TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We like the idea that the TRIO program kind of created a bridge of programs to help students make the transition to the college degree environment,” Arne said. “From our perspective, we have always been committed to the idea of scholarships and the opportunities that scholarships can create.”

The Johnsons believe students who face and overcome the greatest challenges are often the University’s greatest success stories.

“We found that supporting scholarships helps people get the education they need,” Arne said. “Quite simply, Northwest is an excellent value proposition in providing a good education. The academic excellence the school provides is at a very reasonable price. We also feel like our support at Northwest makes a difference.”

Arne fosters his passion for Northwest as president of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors. As he returns to Northwest for Board meetings, he is always impressed with the examples of successful graduates and the high-caliber faculty.

“When I think back about the time I was there and look more recently at some of my work as a Board member, I really feel blessed to have the opportunity to meet with a number of the faculty,” Arne said. “What has also impressed me about the faculty at Northwest is the degree of commitment that each and every one of them seem to have enriching their students’ lives. I don’t believe this is something you can fake. The faculty at Northwest are truly genuine in their interest of student success.”
Arne, & Mary Le Johnson

Scholarships associated with Arne, & Mary Le Johnson
  • Arne & Mary Le Johnson Powering Dreams Scholarship
Art & Bettie Beckner

The Art & Bettie Beckner Memorial Scholarship was established by their children, Michael Beckner and Cindy Beckner McManis, in honor and memory of their parents.  The Beckners believed in the value of higher education and received much joy from the Celebration performances at Northwest.
Scholarships associated with Art & Bettie Beckner
  • Art & Bettie Beckner Memorial Scholarship
Art Education

Scholarships associated with Art Education
  • Art Education Scholarship
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Arthur "Doc" Yates and Maxine Gooden Yates

Beginning his teaching and coaching career in Bridgewater, Iowa, Arthur "Doc" Yates subsequently moved to Atlantic, Iowa, where he enjoyed many successful years of coaching football, basketball and track, and motivated numerous Atlantic High School conference champions.  Following his retirement from teaching, Mr. Yates entered the animal feed business in Iowa City, Iowa.  This scholarship was established in his honor by "Doc's" friends and former athletes of Atlantic High School.
Scholarships associated with Arthur "Doc" Yates and Maxine Gooden Yates
  • Arthur "Doc" Yates and Maxine Gooden Yates Scholarship
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Arthur McGehee

Arthur McGehee Memorial Scholarship was established at the time of the death of the psychology department member it honors in November, 1974.  Born in Mississippi, Dr. McGehee was a graduate of Louisana Tech University, and later received his master's and doctorate from Louisana State University.  Dr. McGehee began teaching at Northwest in 1968.
 
Scholarships associated with Arthur McGehee
  • Arthur McGehee Memorial Scholarship
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August Stelter

Recognizing his grandfather's business sense and persistence, Robert Stelter, of Hopkins, has chosen to honor his grandfather's memory by giving Northwest Missouri State University freshman agriculture students financial help. Stelter's grandfather, August, came to America from Germany with his parents in 1855. On the voyage, August's father became ill and died, leaving his mother and five younger siblings alone in a foreign country, and none of them could speak English. They settled in Burlington, Iowa, where August, at only 13 years old, got a job laying tile lines.  August and his wife, Henrietta, successfully expanded their farming operation and were able to give a farm to each of their three daughters and three sons.

The August Stelter Scholarship fund was created in 2002 by Stelter's cousin, Bea Lemon Hansen. The fund provides assistance to entering freshmen majoring in agriculture. The late Robert Stelter and his wife, Ruth, provided additional funding to boost the fund for qualified Northwest students.
Scholarships associated with August Stelter
  • August Stelter Scholarship
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Awalt G Steffen

A family tragedy and an unexpected move brought Helen Steffen from Ohio to Missouri where she eventually met her husband, and now she has established a memorial scholarship in his name at Northwest Missouri State University. Helen was 5 years old when her parents died within hours of each other from complications of the bubonic plague, leaving her and three siblings behind. The children were split up. Her older brother stayed with family in Ohio, Helen and her 3-year-old sister moved to St. Joseph with an uncle and his family, and neighbors adopted her 6-week-old sister. Despite being hundreds of miles apart and being raised by three different families, the siblings remained in close contact throughout their lives.

If not for that move to St. Joseph with her uncle, Helen would not have met her late husband, Awalt, whom she married in 1941. Together they built a life focused on education and serving others. Awalt served 19 years as a YMCA secretary in St. Joseph, Grand Junction, Colo., and Muskogee, Okla. In 1948, they found themselves back in St. Joseph where they owned and operated Steffen's Bookstore for 13 years. It was during this time that they decided they wanted to continue their education and become teachers. Awalt commuted to Maryville and graduated in 1957, at the age of 47, with a bachelor's in elementary education, and later earned a master's in educational leadership, also from Northwest. Helen continued to run the bookstore until Awalt started his first teaching job at Spring Garden School, at which time she commuted to Maryville and graduated in 1964, at the age of 51, with a bachelor's in elementary education.

The Steffens went on to enjoy careers in education where Awalt retired in 1974 as principal in King City, and Helen retired the following year from Hawthorne Elementary, now Coleman Elementary, in St. Joseph, while always striving to serve their community through church initiatives and programs such as Sertoma International. One project in particular that Helen is proud of is one that spanned an eight-year period and took place in the basement of their home. The Steffens, along with the help of a few others, made more than 880 sleeping bags that they donated to the local food bank.

Awalt died in 2008 at the age of 97. In memory of her late husband, Helen established the Awalt G. Steffen Memorial Scholarship through the Northwest Foundation.
Scholarships associated with Awalt G Steffen
  • Awalt G Steffen Memorial Scholarship
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B D & Janet Scott

Camellia Scott Barmann '85 and Maryville High School sweetheart-turned-husband Rob Barmann '84 thought it would be nice to create a scholarship to honor Camellia's parents, B.D. and Janet Scott, and their Northwest connection while her parents were still living.

In 1960, B.D. Scott accepted a teaching position at Northwest and moved his family to Maryville.  Camellia enjoyed her days at Horace Mann with her brother, David Scott '79, and sister, Karen Scott Pfost (attd. '78-'79), and said she always knew she would attend Northwest.
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  • B D and Janet Scott Biology Scholarship
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B D & Sue Wright Owens

Dr. B.D. '59 and Sue Wright '57 Owens met while attending Northwest, so the phrase "coming home" always held a special meaning for the couple when B.C. became Northwest's eighth president from 1977 to 1984.  Owens is the only Northwest alumnus claiming this honor.  Thanks to Owens' tireless efforts following the devastating Administration Building fire of 1979, the University was able to obtain $13.8 million of emergency state funding to restore the University's signature building.  Additionally, funds were secured to build a new performing arts center and a library, which is named for Owens.  An avid environmentalist, B.D. also took the first steps toward developing an alternative fuels program, which has saved the University millions of dollars in energy costs.  Sue's belief in educating tomorrow's future leaders also was demonstrated throughout her music teaching career in public schools. 

The couple established the B.D. and Sue Wright Owens Scholarship at Northwest as a permanent endowment in 2003 to provide critical financial assistance for the University's incoming freshmen.
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  • B D & Sue Wright Owens Scholarship
Bart & Emma Maxwell Utterback

When sisters Roberta Utterback '39 and Lois Utterback Beal '37 decided to establish scholarships that would perpetuate their parents' names as well as their own, pleasant memories of their alma mater led them to establish charitable gift annuities with the Northwest Foundation.

Lois and Roberta's parents had always encouraged education for their six children.  The sisters, whose mother was a teacher, taught in rural Missouri schools during the winter and attended Northwest during the summer months to complete their degrees in education.  Lois, who retired in 1977, lived in Greenville, Mich., where she last served as principal of the Baldwin Heights Elementary School.  Roberta was an associate professor of education for 35 years at Ohio State University in Columbus before retiring in 1979.
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  • Bart & Emma Maxwell Utterback Scholarship in Elementary Education
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Benjamin & Mercedes Ramirez

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson is one of only four survivors of American Airlines Flight 965, which crased into the Andes Mountains near Cali, Colombia in December 1995.  Her story of the crash, and her recovery agains the odds, completing her education and achieving a hightly successful career in healthcare software and pharmaceutical sales has inspired thousands.  In addition to her career, Mercedes aims to make a difference in her community.  She is a former board member of the Northwest Foundation.  Since 1993, Mercedes has been active with the minority career development firm INROADS, Inc.  She received her bachelor of science degree in international business in 1997 from Northwest.  Mercedes and her family live in the Dallas area.
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  • Benjamin & Mercedes Ramirez Scholarship
Bert Hanson

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  • Bert Hanson Athletics Scholarship
Betty Jean Lambert Pope

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  • Betty Jean Lambert Pope Memorial Music Scholarship
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Betty Schieber

The fund has been established with memorial gifts by the Donor, family, friends and colleagues of Betty L. (Shelton) Schieber who received her BS degree in Education in 1980 from Northwest Missouri State University, followed by a Master's degree in Reading in 1984, and an Education Specialist degree in Elementary Principalship in 1993.  The fund honors Betty, a mother and educator, who began her teaching career as a first grade teacher at Nodaway-Holt and retired from the North Andrew school system as an elementary principal.  Whether she was being a teacher, a parent, or just a bystander, Betty constantly looked out for children and their best interests.  Betty's passion for life, learning, teaching and for being a dedicated educator was apparent to all as was her love of family, especially for her husband Martin and their children Steve, Tim, Julie and Marla and their spouses, and, of course, their grandchildren.
 
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  • Betty Schieber Scholarship
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Beverly J & Edward J Shelton

The Beverly J & Edward J Shelton Scholarship was established with a donation from Beverly Holt Shelton '46 in memory of her late husband, Edward Shelton '42. The Sheltons, who grew up close to Maryville on adjoining farms near Quitman, attended Northwest with the desire to become teachers.  Beverly majored in music education and taught music several years in public schools and also gave private piano lessons.  Ed majored in business education and was a teacher, coach, and principal before retiring in 1982 as an assistant superintendent of the Independence Public School District.
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  • Beverly J & Edward J Shelton Scholarship
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Bill & Betty Lou (Egger) Owens Family

Bill '52 and Betty Lou Egger (attd. '46-'48) Owens created the Bill & Betty Lou (Egger) Owens Family Scholarship to honor friends who made a special impact on their lives, and to impact Northwest students from the Hopkins region where they were raised.

After serving in the Army and graduating from Northwest with a teaching degree, Bill began his teaching career in Graham, Mo., and Atchison, Kan.  By 1958, he had earned his master's degree in school administration, retiring from the Wheaton, Ill., school system in 1984.  Much of Bill's career was spent as an elementary school principal n sixth-grade teacher.

Betty taught in five one-room school throughout Nodaway County, raised her daughters, Brenda and Beth, and later earned her teaching degree in 1970.  She then taught fourth grade in Bensenville, Ill., and retired from teaching in 1989.  The couple now lives in Beverly Hills, Fla.

The Owens's pursuit of educating others has never wavered, even after retirement.  Establishing The Bill & Betty Lou (Eggers) Owens Family Scholarship in memory of Albert Owens, Vance Geiger, Larry Melvin and Paul Gates is their way of honoring mentors and making a lasting, educational impact on today's students.
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  • Bill & Betty Lou (Egger) Owens Family Scholarship
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Bill & Jodie Mackintosh

Bill ’76 and Jodie Hamilton ’77 Mackintosh met while attending Northwest.  Bill was from Gallatin, MO and Jodie was a first-generation college student from Kansas City, MO.  Bill and Jodie always felt thankful for the education they received while students at Northwest.  Also, they were grateful for the many lifelong friendships they made during college.  Bill was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon and Jodie was an Alpha Sigma Alpha.
After graduation from Northwest they moved to Omaha, NE.  Bill co-founded Financial Products Corporation in 1981, a computer maintenance company, and was also a partner in P&L Companies, a local leasing and technology company.  One of Bill’s greatest joys in life was working alongside his children, Mike and Ashley, in their family business, American Title Inc., which they purchased in 2004.  The company grew through Bill’s vision and leadership and was recognized as one of Omaha’s Best Places to Work in 2011 and 2014.
Jodie was a teacher for Omaha Public Schools and Millard Public Schools before having children.  Most of her life she has been a homemaker and community volunteer.  She has been a member of many boards for non-profits in the Omaha community which focus on children and families.  Jodie and Bill were both board members of the Northwest Foundation.
Bill was an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal.  One day there was an article that discussed the availability of scholarships for students as freshman but not many for students to help them graduate college.   Before Bill passed away in 2016, he and Jodie decided to establish the Powering Dreams Scholarship to help students that are Northwest seniors.   They knew what a difference a college degree made in their lives and they wanted to make sure other Northwest students could become a college graduate and have the same opportunities. 
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  • Bill & Jodie Mackintosh Powering Dreams Scholarship
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Bill Fields

The Bill Fields Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of William Victor Fields who passed away in 1974 following a brief illness.  Mr. Fields was a junior at Northwest pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the time of his death.  The scholarship was lovingly established by his family.
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  • Bill Fields Memorial Scholarship
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Bill Winters

Bill was born at home in Nevada, MO on Oct. 27, 1923.  Bill or Billy (as his family often referred to him) was the first-born son to Paul and Zelma (Rider) Winters.  The family then moved several times in Bill’s life residing in Metz, Rich Hill, and then in Raytown, MO. Bill was a fantastic athlete from a very young age.  As a thirteen-year-old freshman, he beat out a junior to start quarterback.   As a fourteen-year-old freshman, he beat out the senior pitcher on the baseball team.  Bill started and lettered all four years in Football, Baseball and Track. Bill graduated from Raytown High School in 1941.  Upon graduating, Bill was awarded a Full Ride Scholarship for Football to Northwest Missouri State Teachers College located in Maryville, Missouri.

The summer before college, Bill (a seventeen-year-old) tried out and made the roster of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league baseball team.  He played pitcher/1st base. After a summer of baseball, Bill packed up and headed to NW Missouri State in the fall 1941. Although Bill may have been a better baseball player, he opted to play football in college, Bill claims that it was more fun.  Bill played for nearly two seasons.  The positions that he played in college were Right Halfback and Left Cornerback. The team earned the title of Conference Co-Champs Bill’s freshmen year.  Bill’s sophomore year the team won the conference again.

Bill enlisted in the Navy Jan. 14, 1943.  Bill said once, “Join the Navy and see the world, thousands of dollars wouldn’t pay for all the places I’ve been.”  Bill was assigned to the #48 USS Dobler, a brand-new ship whose purpose was to be a Destroyer Escort. Bill traveled across and back over the Atlantic Ocean twenty times.  Bill’s job was on a deck gun, he was the 1st loader.  There were four shells at a time, the job required a tall person, and Bill stood at 6ft 1 and a half.  Bill finished his service with the title, Boatman’s Mate 1st Class. When the war ended with Germany, Bill still had four years left to serve.

Bill was then sent to US Navy Camp 815 located in Terceira, Azores, a Providence of Portugal.  Bill and four others were to replace eighty sailors that had been running the docks.  Bill was in charge of it all, the four other sailors and the Portuguese hired to help. It was here that Bill met his bride, Maria Gorgita through her dad who was a Port Captain. During their courtship, they would sight see and go to the beach a lot.  They would often be found spending a whole day tooling a cabin boat around the island.

The base was shut down in December of 1946, but, because Bill still had two years left to serve, he was to fly to Exeter, England, to get new orders. This became a very long adventure where Bill saw a lot of Europe.  During this time, word came around that the Navy would let you out on request if you served four of a six-year contract.  Bill was discharged in February of 1947.

Bill and Maria returned to KC and had a courthouse wedding June 12, 1947. Bill and Maria had five children which they resided with in the Kansas City, Hickman Mills and Grandview areas. After returning from the service, Bill worked as a Union Commercial Carpenter at the Sugar Creek Oil Refinery.  Bill also did carpentry work with his father on and off. Next, Bill worked doing light commercial construction as a superintendent.  While employed there he put footings in for the Western Auto sign downtown. Bill eventually gave up commercial construction and decided to go into residential housing.  Bill worked in this capacity for forty years as a superintendent building houses.  Finally working for his son, Bill Jr. for two years before retiring in 1990.

Maria suffered from poor health the majority of her life in the US.  She lived to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary and then died in Sept. of 2003. After Maria’s death, Bill busied himself at Bill Jr’s farm, where Bill cared for the cattle, helped with the haying and did farm maintenance.  Bill loved listening/watching baseball and football. He was a sports nut and a KC fan to the core. He liked to travel, always the driver. In his later years, he spent time reconnecting with family and researching his roots. Bill loved his family, he traveled countless miles to visit with many of them.

Bill passed away February 21, 2022.

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  • Bill Winters Scholarship
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Bob & Mary Bohlken

Dr. Bob & Mary Bohlken were married in 1958.  They have two children, Katy Gumm & Dan Bohlken and four grandchildren: Bobby & Brandon Gumm & Faith & Alex Bohlken.  Katy, Dan & Bobby are all Northwest graduates.

Professor Bohlken, Ph.D. University of Kansas in 1969, retired from Northwest in 2000 after serving thirty years as an administrator and full professor of communication.  His areas of interest & research are listening, semantics, interpersonal trust and teaching communication.  He was inducted into the International Listening Association Hall of Fame in 2006 and received Northwest’s Alumni Distinguished Emeritus Professor Award in 2010.

Dr. Bohlken has published a Listening textbook, a regional folksaying/idioms book, two children’s books, three regional history books and two humorous human-interest books.  He, assisted by Mary, has served as a human-interest columnist for the weekly Nodaway News Leader for twenty years.

Mary, who received an M.S. in Education from Northwest in 1974, served as a learning disabilities/reading resource teacher for twenty years in the Maryville RII School District as well as an adjunct reading specialist at Northwest.
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  • Bob & Mary Bohlken Scholarship
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Bobby & Shirley Kelley

The Bobby and Shirley Kelley Excellence in Education Scholarship was established in 1988 by their children, NWMSU graduates Janet Kelley Epperson, Roger Kelley, and Keith Kelley, to honor their parents six decades of combined service to education, during which they encouraged both students and teachers to reach higher, farther, and deeper in the joint quests of educating and being educated.  Born to mothers who were both teachers, Bobby and Shirley graduated in 1953 and 1952, respectively. They served in teaching and administrative capacities in the northwest Missouri communities of Gallatin, Hamilton, Stanberry, Graham, Maitland, Skidmore, Maysville, Clarksdale, Hopkins, and Pickering.  As a school administrator for 34 years, Bobby took time to get to know the unique needs of the students, faculty, and community members.  He was always willing to go the “extra mile” in helping people start or continue their careers, referring many of them to NWMSU, confident they would receive a quality education.  His belief in the educational quality of his alma mater was demonstrated by the number of NWMSU graduates he hired to teach in school districts under his direction.  Shirley touched the lives of several hundred students during six years teaching home economics and 21 years teaching various elementary grades.  She served as a mentor for numerous student teachers from NWMSU and welcomed hundreds of observation students into her classroom.  In honoring their parents with the scholarship, the Kelley’s children also honored Northwest Missouri State University, which during the late 1940s and early 1950s became Bobby’s and Shirley’s “home away from home” and helped them form the foundation of their professional lives.
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  • Bobby & Shirley Kelley Excellence in Education Award
Bohlken

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  • Bohlken English Education Scholarship
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Bonnie Magill

The Bonnie Magill Scholarship honors former women’s physical education department chairman Bonnie Magill.  Bonnie began women's sport at Northwest.  She was a disciplined, hard working, organized and diligent leader for the HPERD department and served with distinction.

The Bonnie Magill Scholarship was established with contributions received in March of 1978.
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  • Bonnie Magill Scholarship
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Brenda Wilson Andrews

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  • Brenda Wilson Andrews Memorial Scholarship
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Brian and Jennie (Otto) Williamson

Brian (attd. '91-'93) and Jennie Otto '96 Williamson have established a scholarship for deserving vocal music students.  

When Jennie began her studies at Northwest, she joined the Steppers dance team and Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.  By her sophomore year, she declared her major in vocal music and became involved with Celebration, Tower Choir, Sigma Alpha Iota, theatre and musicals.  The education and activities Jennie participated in at Northwest provided a solid foundation for furthering her music studies in graduate school.

Brian came to Northwest in 1991 to compete in track and cross country, but he was sidelined by injuries he sustained during his sophomore year.  He later finished his studies at the University of Iowa and graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's in sports and recreation administration.

Brian and Jennie have been touched by the life of former Northwest student Tatia Goodman Williamson. Together, Taita and Jennie participated in Northwest music classes, choirs and Sigma Alpha Iota.  Brian and Tatia dated while they were students at Northwest and were eventually married.  However, Tatia died in a car accident in 1998 at the age of 25.  Brian and Jennie were reacquainted while pursuing their careers in Nashville, Tenn., and were married in 2000.

Brian and a business partner have started a Christian record label, Takestone Music, and Jennie is involved with Takestone's CD series, Songs for the Masses.  Jennie has been one of the artists who presents this music in concert, and she was a featured artist for its national television marketing campaign.
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  • Brian and Jennie (Otto) Williamson Scholarship
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Brian Hesse

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  • Brian Hesse Business Scholarship
Bruce Litte

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  • Bruce Litte Memorial English Scholarship
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Bruce M. Thezan

The Bruce M. Thezan Memorial Scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of Bruce Michael Thezan, a 1972 graduate and proud alumni of the Bearcat football team.
 
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Thezan attended NWMSU on scholarship and played nose guard on the defensive line. After graduating with his Bachelor’s in Education, he went on to pursue his Master’s in School Administration.
 
Ever the enthusiastic Bearcat fan, Thezan valued education and dedicated his life to improving the lives of others—in his career as a coach, teacher, and high school principal, and as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Reserves during the Persian Gulf War.
 
Thezan’s children, loved ones, former teammates, and fellow alums established this scholarship to honor his passion for education and collegiate athletics.
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  • Bruce M Thezan Memorial Scholarship
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Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association

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  • Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association Scholarship
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Burton L Richey

Dr. Burton L. Richey, at the time of his death was the chairman of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Richey died February 10, 1981 from cancer.

Dr. Richey was named Division Chairman of the combined men and women's departments in 1977.  His first position at Northwest was a teacher and coach at Horace Mann High School, from 1953 to 1960.  In 1960, he became an instructor in the men's Physical Education Department and later became chairman in 1965.  Dr. Richey received his undergraduate degree from Northwest in 1951, his master's degree in 1956 from the University of Colorado, and his doctorate in Education also from the University of Colorado in 1963.

Born in Dallas, Texas, November 29, 1928, Richey graduated from public schools in Corning, Iowa, in 1946. He was an outstanding all-around high school athlete. While attending Northwest he lettered three years in football and was co-captain his senior year. His coaching career at Horace Mann High School produced some outstanding teams. Two teams entered state play in basketball. The 1955 team having a 33-1 record after losing the final game in state play.  Dr. Richey was also a baseball coach at Northwest from 1962 to 1969, for which he was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1988.

In August 1952, he was married to Roberta Walker of Gentry, Mo.  Roberta was also a 1951 graduate of Northwest. The family included two children, Julee K. (Richey) Sherman and Scott L. Richey.

He was active in community life in Maryville, a member of the Lions International and had served several years on the Maryville Parks and Recreation Board.  Richey was also a member of the United Methodist Church and an active board member of the Wesley Foundation.
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  • Burton L Richey Memorial Scholarship
Burton Lyle

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  • Burton Lyle Scholarship
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BWM-Opal Eckert

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  • BWM-Opal Eckert Scholarship
Byron Mitchell

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  • Byron Mitchell Memorial Vocal Music Scholarship
C E Cook

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  • C E Cook Drama Scholarship
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C F Gray

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  • C F Gray Physical Science Scholarship
C Lee Butler

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  • C Lee Butler Scholarship
C M & M Saville Student Services

C M & M Saville Scholarship was established on March 20, 1980 by the former Normal School student, Mr. Saville. It is intended for students who experience financial difficulty in the pursuit of higher education at Northwest. Mr. Saville provided an “essay” concerning his experience while a student at the “Normal” in the spring of 1917 which prompted his providing funds for future students. At that time he put forth a great deal of effort to repay a $15.00 loan, making a 75 mile round trip to work a week digging fence post holes in order to pay his debt. His comment in establishing the fund: “Surely there must be a simpler and easier solution for such student problems.”
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Calvin & Marilyn Goeders

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  • Calvin & Marilyn Goeders Chemistry Scholarship
Calvin Widger

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  • Calvin Widger Memorial Scholarship
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Captain Harold L Field

Captain Harold L. Field served in the Army during World War II.  He was the commander of the 78th Chemical Smoke Generating Company from September 1944 to June 1945, serving in France and Germany.  He received the Bronze Star for meritorious duty in aiding the crossing of the Saar and Rhine rivers in March 1945.
 
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  • Captain Harold L Field Memorial Scholarship
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Carolyn Houts

Northwest Missouri State University alumna Carolyn Houts has always had a passion for teaching and music and a sturdy faith in God. Now, after that passion led her on a life-changing music mission to Africa, Houts hopes her monetary gift will enable international students to receive the education they need to make a difference in their home countries.

Through the Northwest Foundation, Houts recently established The Carolyn Houts International Student Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to international students attending Northwest, with first preference given to students from Africa. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who exemplifies positive contributions to Northwest, through campus involvement, solid academic performance and leadership.

A 1964 Northwest graduate, Houts grew up in northwest Missouri and attended Northwest to major in music education. As a student, she was involved in several music and Christian organizations, including the Baptist Student Union where she was a pianist for the choir, the student branch of the Music Educators National Conference, the Student Christian Association and Tower Choir.

After graduating from Northwest, Houts went on to receive her master’s in music education and taught for several years before attending the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, where she earned her master’s of religious education and master’s of church music.

Upon leaving the seminary, Houts accepted an opportunity to go to Ghana in western Africa, through the Foreign Mission Board. That opportunity became a 35-year career for Houts.

“I felt God calling me to overseas service, and I first had those impressions when I was in school at Northwest,” Houts said. “So I taught school, gained experiences and reached a point where I was willing to go.”

Her first assignment in Ghana was to study the language of Twi, the county’s principal native language. After becoming fluent, she edited a Twi hymnal, and more recently she worked with interpreters to help church members make scripture songs in seven other African languages.

In 2006, Houts worked with a committee to develop a diploma in church music program through Ghana Baptist University. She led the choir, gave music lessons and taught classes.

Houts also enlisted the help of her former band director and mentor at Northwest, Ward Rounds, who maintained an instrument repair shop at his home. During her return trips to the United States, Houts often brought donated instruments for Rounds to repair and then took the refurbished instruments back to Ghana.

Although Houts returned to the United States from time to time to speak at churches about her experiences, she returned to Missouri as a full-time resident in July 2010 and lived in Grant City in northwest Missouri.

Ms. Carolyn Houts passed away in April of 2019.
 
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  • Carolyn Houts International Student Scholarship
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Carrick-Lee

Life experiences have helped shape Don and Stacy Carrick’s interests in education, and so has their strong connection to Northwest. Because of those experiences, the couple has established a scholarship to assist future students who are interested in furthering their education at Northwest.

The Carrick-Lee Scholarship provides assistance to Northwest students who are considered “caught in the middle.” Recipients must be enrolled full-time and will be chosen based on Northwest admissions and financial assistance policies and standards, with academic achievement and financial need as leading criteria.  It is named in honor of the Carricks as well as Stacy’s mother, Joyce Lee, and in memory of her father, Wayne Lee. 

Stacy, a 1988 Northwest graduate, earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting while minoring in computer science. Her husband, Don, was employed by Energizer Battery and transferred to its Maryville plant from Cleveland in 1974. While Don did not attend Northwest, he, too, feels a strong connection to the University, and both of his children, Don and Kim, are Northwest graduates.

Stacy’s parents impressed upon her the importance of education while she was in her youth. While the Lee family lived in Maryville, Stacy’s mother began pursuing her elementary education degree at Northwest. Later, the family moved to Bethany, and Stacy watched her mother commute to Northwest to finish her degree. Stacy’s father enlisted in the military and was unable to attend college but encouraged her to earn a college degree. He instilled the importance of a dedicated work ethic, which Stacy saw him model as vice president of operations for the P.M. Place Company.

As a student at Northwest, Stacy was involved in Cardinal Key and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also worked in the president’s office, was an Alpha Kappa Lambda “little sis” and volunteered to assist individuals with their income taxes through the University VITA program. She worked with former Northwest administrator Dr. Bob Bush, and she was the student selected to give then-Governor John Ashcroft a demonstration of Northwest’s computer network when the University switched on the Electronic Campus in 1987.

After graduating from Northwest, Stacy accepted her first job at KPMG Peat Marwick in Florida. She later served in a variety of capacities for Heartland Health in St. Joseph before returning to Northwest in 2010 to become the University’s vice president of finance. 

Based on their own experiences, the Carricks established the Carrick-Lee Scholarship with “caught-in-the-middle” students in mind.
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  • Carrick-Lee Scholarship
Catherine Masters Soroptimist

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  • Catherine Masters Soroptimist Venture Memorial Scholarship
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Cathran Cushman

Cathran Cushman Scholarship was established in December, 1975, by KXCV-KDLX.
 
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  • Cathran Cushman Scholarship
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CBIZ

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  • CBIZ Bearcat Builder Scholarship
Celebrate Ag Day

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  • Celebrate Ag Day Scholarship
Central Iowa Alumni Chapter

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  • Central Iowa Alumni Chapter Scholarship
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CenturyLink

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  • CenturyLink Scholarship
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Charles B & Venita Jean Green

Northwest Missouri State University received a $525,000 gift from the estate of Charles and Jean Green. The couple's gift through the Northwest Foundation created the Charles B. and Venita Jean Green Scholarship.

Through their bequest, the Greens have ensured that Northwest students can follow a path similar to the one that connected each of them during their college years in northeast Missouri. Charles was born on a farm near Downing, Mo., and farmed most of his life in Scotland and Schuyler counties. In addition, he was a distinguished World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and receiving many honors, including the Bronze Star Medal. After the couple married in 1970, the Greens lived near Downing before moving to the Memphis area. Jean, who grew up on a farm near Memphis, Mo., was an elementary school teacher in Keokuk and a farmer's wife. Jean died in 2004, and Charles died five years later.

The couple's strong ties to northeast Missouri are reflected in their scholarship, which is designed to benefit students who graduate from public schools in Scotland and Schuyler counties and choose to attend Northwest. In addition, the Charles B. and Venita Jean Green Scholarship aims to help serious students who might not otherwise be able to afford the opportunity to pursue their education at Northwest.
 
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  • Charles B & Venita Jean Green Scholarship
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