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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

July 17, 2014

Former administrator’s gift establishes scholarship for ambassadors

Roger Pugh

Roger Pugh

Roger Pugh left an imprint on Northwest Missouri State University as the institution’s dean of enrollment management from 1994 to 2000. Now, he’s showing his appreciation for Northwest and offering assistance to its student ambassadors by naming the University as a partial beneficiary of his estate.

The bequest will fund an endowment that will pay an annual student ambassador scholarship, worth $1,000, as well as additional funding for unrestricted use.

At Northwest, Pugh oversaw the University’s offices of Admissions, Financial Assistance and Career Services. During the course of a 36-year career, he also worked in secondary education and spent time at institutions in Montana, Washington, California and Missouri.

“I’ve been lucky to work with student ambassadors at each of those places, and Northwest has a unique program,” Pugh said. “The campus tour is one of, if not, the most critical things you can do, and we had really good buy-in from students who were active at Northwest. Having a University student talk with a high school student and a parent, helping to make a decision, is something I feel is very important.”

Northwest student ambassadors embody the friendly campus by conducting tours with about 2,700 families per year, help facilitate Green and White Visit Days, assist with scholarship and department open house days, and actively participate in Northwest online chats and student blogs.

Applicants are selected after a two-part interview process, and selected students must go through a trimester-long training program before they are approved to conduct tours on their own. These campus representatives also must maintain at least a 2.9 grade-point average and may serve as student ambassadors for the duration of their enrollment at Northwest.

Northwest student ambassadors are an integral part in the recruitment of high school and transfer students, and their ability to showcase the campus while discussing the benefits of attending Northwest make a strong impression on families considering the University.

Pugh’s gift will play an important role in the continued success of Northwest’s student ambassador program, Associate Director of Admissions Jeremy Waldeier said.

“Roger’s generosity will be well received and means a lot to our program and students,” Waldeier said. “Helping our students pay for their education is one way to say thank you, and Roger has made that easier with his generous gift.”

Pugh recently purchased a house in Maryville and maintains a strong connection with Northwest and his former colleagues. He also continues to consult with higher education institutions regarding their processes. 

“I had six good years at Northwest and stayed in contact with a lot of people there over the years,” Pugh said, adding that he attends several Bearcat athletic games throughout the year. “I grew up in Montana, but I’m not sure I’ve found any better people than those I know in Maryville.”

For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or advance@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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