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Feb. 23, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Low-income students who choose to attend Northwest Missouri State University will benefit from a recent six-figure gift to the University from the Goppert Foundation of Kansas City.
The $100,000 gift, directed through the Northwest Foundation, establishes the Goppert Foundation American Dream Grant. A check presentation to mark the gift begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Boardroom of the J.W. Jones Student Union on the Northwest campus.
To view an audio slideshow of the announcement click here.
"The Goppert Foundation's $100,000 gift to be used solely for the American Dream Grant will impact many deserving students who may not have even considered a college education strictly because of their lack of financial resources," said Orrie Covert, Northwest's vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Northwest Foundation. "Without a doubt, the Goppert Foundation's generosity will be felt by many generations, and we are thankful for their commitment to Northwest and its students."
Northwest's American Dream Grant program began in 2004 as a needs-based financial aid initiative that assists undergraduates who might otherwise find a college education beyond their financial reach. Students qualifying for the American Dream Grant meet Northwest admissions criteria and come from the neediest families based on their application for federal aid. First-time freshmen are responsible for contributing $3,500 toward their tuition, room and board, which may include private, federal, state and institutional scholarships and grants, and the American Dream Grant then fills the remaining gap. Grant renewals for the sophomore year cover standard tuition only, with no mandatory student/family contribution required. While the Goppert Foundation American Dream Grant will have the same award criteria as the University's American Dream Grant, it will have its own endowment.
The Goppert Foundation was established in 1959 by Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist who believed in reinvesting earnings back into the community.
Corey Strider, executive vice president of Goppert Financial Bank in Lathrop and a 1996 Northwest alumnus, said supporting a program such as the American Dream Grant fully supports the mission of the Goppert Foundation, which typically makes grants in the areas of child and youth services, social and human services, the economically disadvantaged, education, hospitals and minorities.
"There are quite a few students in the areas that Goppert Financial Bank serves who graduate from high school and choose to attend Northwest," Strider said. "This gift from the Goppert Foundation will not only financially assist students, but ideally someday after they graduate they'll return to these communities to live and work."
In addition to organizations such as the Goppert Foundation, many Northwest alumni and friends have committed their support to the American Dream Grant through either an outright gift or by way of a planned or deferred gift. Gifts at any level can support the American Dream Grant and can be made by visiting www.nwmissouri.edu/giveonline.
For more information, call Laurie Long, a development officer for the Northwest Foundation, at 660.562.1248 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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