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Scholarships in Communication Studies
The Goodwin Scholarship is intended for students with high promise in debate. This is a full-tuition award available to any class level and may be renewed for the extent of his or her college career.
This scholarship was established by Rush Limbaugh, Sr., in memory of his parents, brothers, and sisters. Mr. Limbaugh is an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University, a 1961 Alumni Merit Award winner, and the recipient of the prestigious Friend of the University Award. With this scholarship, Mr. Limbaugh honors those who encouraged and assisted him in obtaining his education.
The Oliver Prize is a partial fee scholarship for upperclassmen who have demonstrated superior academic and communicative skills. A selection committee from the Department of Communication Studies will choose the recipient.
Beverly Hahs grew up in Jackson, Missouri, and attended Jackson Public Schools before graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. She majored in English and minored in Library Science. She was employed as a librarian at Scott City High School following graduation. Other career opportunities have included manager of The Galleria Antique Store and director of a 13-county educational program for special needs students and scouts through the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, Beverly is a freelance historical writer for the Cash Book Journal newspaper located in Jackson, Missouri. In addition, she has served as a board member of the Cape River Heritage Museum of Cape Girardeau since 1984. She was past president and member of the Rose Hills Garden Club, member choir member, and Church Archival co-chair of Centenary United Methodist Church, member of PEO Chapter CI, and Ya-Ya Book Club.
The Hahs have four children: Brian (Julie) Hahs of Jackson, Missouri; Christy (Mike) Flannery of Raleigh, North Carolina; Lance (Nancy) Moll of Dallas, Texas; and, Bethany (Jason) Taylor of Overland Park, Kansas. They are the proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University majoring or minoring in Communication Studies. First preference goes to a student involved in debate or related public programming designed to facilitate campus and community dialogue. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. This scholarship is renewable, but the recipient must reapply each year.
The Arnet Family Scholarship in Communication Studies recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to communication and debate activities, and/or who show exceptional promise of future contribution.
Preference will be given to upper-class students (50% of their credit hours completed) who major in Communication Studies, who are active in debate/speech activities sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and who have a record of academic achievement (GPA 3.0 minimum). Financial need may be used in selection criteria, but it is not a requirement for this award. This scholarship is renewable, but recipients must reapply each year.
Michael C. Upperman III, originally from Springfield, IL, was a double major in corporate communication and international business at Southeast. Michael was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and an executive board member and chair of alumni relations. He also served as a member of the interfraternity council judicial board and participated in SEMO's President's Leadership Academy. Because of his academic achievements and leadership skill he was nominated by his peers to be an honorary member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society. Michael loved to travel and spent a semester studying abroad, making many friends. He showed admirable courage in dealing with adversity and touched many hearts with his kindness and thoughtfulness. Southeast Missouri State University faculty, members of student organizations in the Department of Communication Studies, and Upperman's family and friends made gifts towards the award to continue his legacy.
The recipient of the scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a major in the Department of Communication Studies who displays these qualities:
- Excellent student with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
- Ethical and Honest
- Brave and courageous
- Caring and thoughtful
- Displays leadership
- Honorably represents the Department of Communication Studies
Preference will be given to students who major in the Communication Studies’ program, who actively participate in events/endeavors sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and who have a record of academic achievement (GPA 3.2 minimum). Financial need may be used in selection criteria, but it is not a requirement for this award. This scholarship is renewable, but recipients must reapply each year.
Glen Williams spent most of his career at Southeast Missouri State University as professor and chairperson of Communication Studies. Prior to Southeast, he taught at Indiana University, Missouri State University, and Texas A&M University. He was an alum of Southeast, spending the last year of his undergraduate program here and then completing an M.A. in English, concentrating on composition and rhetoric. He earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address at Indiana University.
Glen took his various duties seriously. He wrote articles and chapters and coauthored an award-winning textbook: Public Speaking and Civic Engagement. In 2014 the College of Liberal Arts recognized his scholarly contributions with its annual Honors Award for Outstanding Scholarship. In 2008 he received the R. Ferrell Ervin Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007 he received Student Life and Leadership’s Outstanding Student Advisor Award for his work with COMMrades.
Glen knew full well the value of effective communication and the difference it could make in one’s life—personally and professionally. He had experienced the effects first-hand and wanted the same for his students. He emphasized that the ability to communicate effectively had a higher calling than self-promotion; the ability could serve the greater good. His communication activities were largely in the service of others.
Glen was known as “GW,” by colleagues and students alike, preferring that handle to “Dr.” or “Professor.” He considered learning a partnership involving mutual respect and tending to the department a team enterprise.
Modern Language Scholarships
Her teaching positions included an instructorship at Brooklyn College, an associate professorship of French at Lynchburg College, Virginia, at Lycoming college, Williamsport, Pennsylvania and at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. In 1969, she became associate professor of French at what was then Southeast Missouri State College, where she taught with distinction until her retirement in 1975.
Occasionally there are those who can exert a positive and profound influence and accomplish this feat in such a quiet and unassuming manner that the influence appears to be self-perpetuating. We find such a person in Miss Helen Cleaver, former chair of the Department of Modern Languages.
Her congenial smile, delightful sense of humor, and varied interest in and contribution to the cultural life of the campus and community have won for her the respect, admiration, and affection of countless numbers of students, faculty and friends.
For over 27 years, Miss Cleaver provided an invaluable portion of all that is meaningful and worthwhile at Southeast Missouri State. And because we have long witnessed her endless reserve of energy and enthusiasm, we feel that she must have thought as the late Albert Camus so well said, “In the midst of winter, I found within me an invincible summer.” It is this “invincible summer” which so much endears her to all those who know and love her.
To be awarded to full time student majoring in foreign language with an overall GPA of 2.0 and a major GPA of 3.0. The funds will be used for tuition or study abroad.
Open to foreign language majors. First preference will be given to majors in German Language at the undergraduate level who plan to study abroad in a German-speaking country; second preference is given to all other majors in the Department of Communication Studies & Modern Languages, in support of study abroad. Award is based on academic merit. Applicants must complete an application and essay through the Department of Foreign Languages.
For details, please email Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano or Dr. Kimberly Louie.
Dr. Frances Geyer Crowley is professor emerita at this University, where she taught Romance Languages and education. She spoke by invitation in the United States, in France and Spain, and in Latin America, where she lectured at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, the University of the Pacific, the Peruvian Diplomatic Academy, and the University of Lima, which published her lectures. For her work as a teacher, author and editor she received the School of Liberal Arts Award.
At Southeast, we have a generous scholarship program where 70% of students are eligible. We also connect our students to the various government-funded and donor-funded scholarships in an attempt to assure students interested in Southeast can financially have the opportunity to do so.