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Robert Stelter

Robert Stelter is continuing his grandfather's philanthropic ways by contributing to a scholarship created in memory of his respected ancestor. (PHOTO BY DARREN WHITLEY/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

April 16, 2010

Stelter boosts scholarship fund in memory of grandfather

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Recognizing his grandfather's business sense and persistence, Robert Stelter, of Hopkins, has chosen to honor his grandfather's memory by giving Northwest Missouri State University freshman agriculture students financial help.

Stelter's grandfather, August, came to America from Germany with his parents in 1855. On the voyage, August's father became ill and died, leaving his mother and five younger siblings alone in a foreign country, and none of them could speak English. They settled in Burlington, Iowa, where August, at only 13 years old, got a job laying tile lines.

"My grandfather worked hard, was frugal and eventually saved up enough money to buy a farm in Iowa," Stelter said. "He was an astute businessman and realized that good land in Missouri was much less expensive, so he moved here."

August and his wife, Henrietta, successfully expanded their farming operation and were able to give a farm to each of their three daughters and three sons.

The August Stelter Scholarship fund was created in 2002 by Stelter's cousin, Bea Lemon Hansen. The fund provides assistance to entering freshmen majoring in agriculture. Stelter and his wife, Ruth, recently gave $25,000 to boost the fund for qualified Northwest students.

"My grandfather's story is an inspiring example of the unlimited opportunities for achievement in this country for those who have ability and ambition," Stelter said.

For more information about the August Stelter Scholarship, contact Polly Howard at or 660.562.1248.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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