Invest in the next generation: you’ll do that here.

The Power of Women program for Southeast students began in 2012 and is designed to encourage women – Southeast alumni, businesswomen, and community members throughout the region – to support Southeast Missouri State University through service and philanthropy.

Through this program, the University Foundation hopes to connect female students at Southeast with financial resources to fund their education as well as opportunities to learn through mentorships, internships, and service projects in the region. The annual event brings together extraordinary women to celebrate and empower one another and to enhance the future of their next generation of colleagues. A portion of proceeds from the event is awarded as scholarships.

The Power of Women Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a passion for a life of service, are attending Southeast full time, and have completed at least 30 credit hours with a minimum 2.75 grade point average. Each recipient submits an application demonstrating significant academic achievement, involvement at the University and commitment to volunteerism and community service. The Power of Women Scholarship Committee selects the recipients based on these factors as well as their future aspirations for success in their career and personal life.

The Power of Women Scholarship was first awarded in the fall of 2013 and endowed in the spring of 2014. Since its inception, 64 students have received the Power of Women Scholarship.

Scholarship Recipient

"Scholarships are the reason I am able to study and work towards my dreams. As a student from a single-parent household, the price of college was something I was concerned about, and scholarships like the Power of Women are the reason I am able to be here."

Ciara Southard

Southeast student Ciara Southard smiles into the camera.

Power of Women Scholarship Committee

The Power of Women Scholarship Committee consists of Southeast Missouri State staff, Southeast alums and community businesswomen who hold a valued interest in seeing our current female students succeed.

Every spring, the Committee reviews dozens of applications and ultimately chooses ten recipients, based on demonstration of significant academic achievement, involvement at the University and commitment to volunteerism and community service, as well as future aspirations for success in their career and personal life.

University Committee Members

  • Angie Grissom, Senior Administrative Assistant, Alumni Relations
  • Tatianna Hanna, Graduate Assistant
  • Michele Irby, Director of Campus Life and Event Services
  • Brad Koester, Associate Director of Development
  • Amanda Lincoln, Director of Development
  • Dr. Trudy Lee, Vice President for Advancement
  • Kristen Martin, Graphic Designer
  • Sonia R. Rucker, Vice President for Equity, Access and Behavioral Health/Dean of Students
  • Tonya Wells, Director of University Marketing
  • Angie Wilson, Director of Development
  • External Committee Members
    • Vicki Boren
    • Dawn Dauer
    • Jayne Schrader
    • Sue Shepard Simmons
    • Jeanette Wachter
    • Abbie Crites-Leoni

Power of Women Sponsors

  • SoutheastHealth logo
  • Edward Jones logo
  • Chartwells Higher Ed logo
  • H&R Block of Jackson logo
  • KRCU logo
  • MO Department of Conservation logo
  • Perfect Fit Bra Boutique logo
  • River Radio logo
  • Realty Executives Terri Penrod & Associates logo
  • St. Francis Healthcare logo
  • Arnold Insurance Company logo
  • Notre Dame Regional High School logo

The generosity to give. The will to do.

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Location
Office
Wehking Alumni Center
926 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7300
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701