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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Sept. 21, 2016

    University celebrates students, donors for ‘Powering Dreams’

    Northwest Missouri State University students came face-to-face on Sunday with the alumni and friends who have offered support through their contributions to University scholarships as part of an effort to thank the donors and recognize students for their academic excellence.

    The fourth annual Celebration of Donors and Scholars carried the theme of “Powering Dreams” and recognized Northwest scholarship recipients and donors as part of the University’s Family Weekend activities.

    The celebration is a collaborative event that brings together students, faculty and staff representing the University’s academic affairs division, Northwest Foundation and the friends and families of students.

    Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet called the event a celebration of “exceptional people” who share a common desire to make a difference in their families, communities and workplaces. Often the students who receive scholarships, Mottet said, have the dreams and potential to pursue a college degree but need the financial support to realize their academic potential.  

    “Through their hard work, successes and numerous failures, our donors have persisted and endured hardships that have eventually led them to today, where they are able to make a difference by being a donor,” Mottet said. “Many of our students work and know how hard it is to make a buck. Our donors also understand how hard it is to make a buck. Through our donors’ hard work, budgeting, investing their money and making important choices in their lives, in differentiating needs from wants, they are in a position today where they can make a difference by helping others through their scholarships.”

    Among the University donors in attendance Sunday was Michael Faust, a 1974 alumnus and member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors. Faust, who retired in 2015 after a 36-year career with Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., supports multiple students annually through his Michael L. Faust Scholarship.

    “I think meeting scholarship recipients kind of reminds you back when you were in school and back when you were a struggling student trying to make ends meet,” Faust said. “It just gives me lot of joy to be able to help the young people today get the same Northwest education that I got 40-plus years ago.”

    The Northwest Foundation recently announced it secured $7.4 million in donor funding during the 2016 fiscal year, which included nearly $6.1 million in cash contributions – the highest level received by the Foundation in any given year.

    Scholarship support remains a central mission of the Foundation, and it awarded a record of nearly $856,000 in scholarships to 1,210 students during FY16. The average scholarship award for the year was more than $700.

    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.

    Northwest students say thank you to donors wo contribute to private scholarships and programs through the Northwest Foundation.


    For more information, please contact:

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

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468