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News Release

Cherine Heckman and family

Cherine Heckman '77, '83, who returned to the Northwest campus this summer, is honoring her family's tradition of Bearcats by establishing The Heckman Family Scholarship for International Student Teaching. She is joined by her nephew, Bryan Heckman, niece, Ashley Heckman Myers '09, and brother, Kevin Heckman.

Aug. 30, 2010

Family of Bearcats endows scholarship for international student teachers

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The expressions "bleeding green," "Bearcat family" and "Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat" ring true in the hearts of many who are affiliated with Northwest Missouri State University. Students, alumni, employees, community members, family members and friends often feel the special bond that comes with being a Bearcat.

Cherine Heckman '77, '83 and her family, associated with Northwest in nearly every capacity possible, understand that bond, and now their family's Bearcat connection will continue indefinitely, in the form of a scholarship. The Heckman Family Scholarship for International Student Teaching has been established in honor of their family's legacy as Northwest graduates and as educators in the state of Missouri and beyond.

The family tradition began in 1946 when Heckman's mother, Lola Weathermon Heckman, graduated from Horace Mann High School. She later married Horace Erle Heckman, who graduated from Northwest in 1950 and enjoyed many years as an educator in school districts throughout northwest Missouri.

Heckman graduated from Northwest with a bachelor's in secondary education, majoring in French and minoring in English followed by a master's in educational leadership. She dedicated 11 years of her career, from 1982 to 1993, as a loyal Northwest employee serving as assistant registrar, coordinator of transfer student records and associate director of admissions for recruitment. Currently, Heckman is the vice president of student affairs at Fujairah Women's College and Fujairah Men's College, part of the Higher College of Technology in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

The most recent addition to the Heckman Bearcat family tree came in December when Heckman's niece, Ashley Heckman Myers '09, graduated with a major in elementary education and a minor in early childhood education. In conjunction with her niece's graduation from Northwest, Heckman is honoring her family's tradition by establishing The Heckman Family Scholarship for International Student Teaching. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in any content area within early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education or secondary education who is seeking international student teaching placement.

For more information about giving opportunities within the College of Education and Human Services, contact Andrea Wagner, a development officer with the Northwest Foundation, at 660.562.1248 or .

The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 29-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest's Office of University Advancement.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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