What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?

Southeast will always be a second home to me. My wife and I had only been married a couple of years and we had a toddler when I began at Southeast. My daughter was born while I was a student there. I have nothing but positive memories of my experiences there. I grew as a person as my family grew.

Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?

It is important to support students who need a helping hand to finish school especially now. Covid-19 has many families struggling to make ends meet, let alone put a child through college. I know I would not have been able to complete my education without the scholarships that I received.

Why do you give to Southeast?

I give to Southeast to aid students who may be struggling. I have been donating to the Dr. John Hinni scholarship for single parents. My sister was a single mom when she attended school and I saw her struggles. Additionally, many of my students are single parents. I want to do what ever I can to support the education of single parents and break the poverty cycle.

Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?

The work is important to help needy students complete their education and hopefully give back to the university.

What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?

I have not had any interaction with the students that I may have helped.

Why should other people give to Southeast?

The student that they help may go on to do great things. Without help, the same student may never realize their potential.

Are you a Southeast alumnus?


How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?

Yes!!! Most Definitely! I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I have a Master's degree and teach at a university in New Mexico. I am currently working on my PhD at the University of New Mexico.

How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?

As stated above, I was able to finish school and live on campus as a result of the scholarships that I received.