Donor — Spotlight
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
It tolerated me and gave me the ability to achieve success.
Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?
They need to understand the current situation is brief and solvable. They need to plan for their future and follow that plan. Support helps the student understand the future is positive for them.
Why do you give to Southeast?
It tolerated me and provided the first steps for me to achieve success. The school taught me to evaluate the opportunities nation wide, not just Missouri; I owned successful companies in California, Texas and Missouri and made a lot of money when selling them. Southeast gave me the basic tools to achieve that success.
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
It helps students to get ready for the real world.
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
I only come to Cape to visit my parents graves - I really haven't interacted with the students. I'm old and would be surprised if I could provide any current based guidance.
Why should other people give to Southeast?
Helps the students achieve their goals. Success sometimes needs help.
Are you a Southeast alumnus?
How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?
Gave me the ability to start post-college life with more confidence. It allowed me in the door, I still had to work to achieve success.
How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?
I have not been impacted. When I was in school, I had to work to pay the bills related to getting an education as well as living day-to-day. In the case of current gifts, I am pleased people make gifts to help the future of current students