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Northwest Missouri State University


Philanthropy

  • Scholarship honors alumnus who dedicated life to helping others
    A new scholarship endowed in honor of a 1959 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University will provide assistance to residents of Worth, Gentry, Harrison and Nodaway counties who seek a college education at Northwest.

  • Couple’s monetary gift will fund upgrades to education facility
    Northwest alumni Dr. Richard "Dick" Leet and Phyllis (Combs) Leet, of Gainesville, Ga., have gifted more than $100,000 to the Northwest Foundation to establish The Leet Endowment and fund a partial remodeling of Everett W. Brown Education Hall that will provide a more stimulating learning environment for ECELC programs and Horace Mann kindergarteners.

  • Adopt-a-Bearcat 1:1 match doubles Clayton couple’s $50,000 gift
    Marion and Joan Miller Freeman, who graduated from Northwest in 1950 and 1949, respectively, recently gave $50,000 to sponsor the Joan M. and Marion B. Freeman Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship. The Freeman’s gift and the University’s 100 percent match will be distributed over a 10-year period, ultimately providing $100,000 in scholarships.

  • Scholarship, student club aim to attract women to computing
    The Jean Jennings Bartik Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship has been established for females who are interested in the STEM fields.

  • Estate gift to Northwest honors couple’s life together
    The Willard F. Dunning estate gift will provide unrestricted support of approximately $125,000 to assist Northwest Missouri State University through the Northwest Foundation’s Venture Fund, which provides financial assistance for the University to respond to special opportunities.

  • Scholarship named for longtime VP, father of ‘Electronic Campus’
    Northwest Missouri State University, the Northwest Foundation and Dr. Jon Rickman recently announced the formation of the Jon Rickman Electronic Campus Scholarship, named for the University’s former vice president of information systems, who retired this month after serving the institution for 35 years.

  • Endowments memorialize parents’ love of music, Bearcat athletics
    Two endowments, totaling $35,000, have been established by a former Maryville resident to benefit a Northwest Missouri State University music festival as well as Bearcat athletics. Mary Asbell, a 1969 Northwest alumna, established the Edna Mary Asbell Music Endowment and the Eldon H. “Bud” Asbell Athletic Endowment in memory of her parents.

  • Scholarship established in memory of student killed in car crash
    A memorial scholarship has been established for a Northwest Missouri State University student killed by a drunken driver in August 2010. 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.

  • Nodaway County couple establishes scholarship for music majors
    Living in the Nodaway County area, Forrest and Lucile Gray always considered Northwest Missouri State University a significant part of their community. Additionally, it was the couple’s desire to enable deserving students the opportunity to pursue higher education. As a result, Northwest recently received a gift of more than $117,000 from the Gray estate for an endowed scholarship.