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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 19, 2012

Alumna leaves Northwest with bequest for scholarships, technology enhancements

Mary Margaret Gantt Perry

Mary Margaret Gantt Perry

Northwest Missouri State University has received a $186,400 bequest from the late Mary Margaret Gantt Perry that will have lasting impact on students studying in a variety of subject areas and will help to enhance technology tools on the campus.

Northwest will designate the funds for three $25,000 endowed scholarships to be awarded to students studying business, math, biology, chemistry or speech/theatre as well as for one $25,000 endowed scholarship awarded to a student who wants to study abroad and is a major in those academic majors. The remaining funds will be used for upgrades of wireless internet access points and instructional technology equipment.

“Gifts such as these are significant in that they contribute to our academic excellence and student support,” Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “These scholarships will help ease the financial burden of students after they have successfully completed their first year, thereby having a positive effect on retention and completion. Additionally, by improving the wireless infrastructure in Colden Hall, where the business education courses are taught, our faculty will have more flexibility in how they use instructional technology to facilitate students’ learning.”

Originally from Maryville, Perry, 85, of San Leandro, Calif., died Jan. 15, 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree in business economics/commerce with a minor in mathematics and Spanish from Northwest in 1946 and later completed a master’s in education, also from Northwest, in 1972.

As a student, Perry was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha social sorority and served as president of the Beta Chapter of Pi Omega Pi, a national business education teacher honor society. She was also a member of the Student Social Committee.

Perry was a retired educator. She and her husband, Peter, had no children.

“Mary Margaret’s span of years as a lifelong learner inspires us all to consider Northwest Missouri State University in their will or estate,” said Michael Johnson, vice president of university advancement at Northwest. “This testamentary gift impacts our students and faculty beyond measure, and hopefully it inspires many others to consider opening up to this personal and private gift conversation. We honor donors, like Mary Margaret, and their desire to designate us as her top charitable organization and welcome privately your decision to do the same in fulfilling your philanthropic dreams.”  

For more information about giving to Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or

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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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