Ruth Kolpin-Rubison is one of Southwest Missouri's pioneers in broadcasting. Her long career included work in radio, television and cable television in two states. She was recognized as the recipient of the first Pioneer Broadcaster Award from Missouri Southern in 1997. The award recognizes individuals who made significant contributions to the development of the local broadcast industry.
When the scholarship was established, Communication Dept. Head Dr. Jay Moorman said, "The Department of Communication is thrilled to have this recognition of our program. We are excited that Mrs. Kolpin-Rubison's timely contribution will enable deserving students in the future to follow her example of hard work and broadcasting skill."
Students majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis on broadcasting benefit from a generous donation establishing an endowed scholarship at Missouri Southern State University. The Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation Board of Directors established a scholarship, known as the Ruth I. Kolpin Broadcast Journalism Endowed Scholarship. The generous donation allows for a substantial annual scholarship for deserving students, provided from the income of the principal amount of the endowment.
The recpients for 2016-2017 are Brianna Allen, from Oswego, Kan. and Alecia Henson, from Norwich,Kan. Pictured left are Ron Petersen (Kolpin Foundation). Brianna Allen, Alecia Henson and Kisa Clark (Communication faculty)
The recipients for 2015-2016 are Brianna Allen from Oswego, Kan. and Tanya Lyon from Rogers, Ark. The awards were announced at the annual Communication Department awards program on April 8 at MSSU.
“This endowed scholarship has helped our students since 2004,” said Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV general manager. “We appreciate the generosity of Mrs. Kolpin-Rubison and her foundation in helping these students reach toward their goals at the university.”
The recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year are Kristen Hanna,from St. Louis and Brandon Stokes from Joplin. The awards were announced at the annual Communication Department recognition ceremony on April 30 at MSSU.
The recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year were Shonte Clay, from Chicago, IL and Clint DeNisco from Mt. Vernon, MO. The awards were announced at the annual Communications ceremony on May 1 at MSSU.
The recipients for the 2012-2013 academic year were Abigail Warner, from Illinois and Xiaoyu (Jamie) Wu from China. The scholarships were presented at the annual Communication Department recognition ceremony at MSSU.
The recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year were Justin Coale, from Ash Grove, MO and Kwinna Glades, from Joplin, MO. The scholarships were presented at the annual Communication Department recognition ceremony. Ruth Kolpin's son, Ron Petersen, assisted with the presentations.
The recipients for the 2010-11 academic year were Jordon Schultz, a mass communication major from Denver, CO andEmily Seigel, a mass communication major from Neosho, MO. The scholarships were awarded at the Communication Department Awards Ceremony by Ruth Kolpin-Rubison and her son, RonPetersen.
The recipients for the 2009-10 academic year were Patricia Pham, a mass communication major from Joplin, and Brooke Lairmore, a mass communication major from Springfield.
The recipients for the 2008-09 academic year were Adrienne Martz, a mass communication major from Joplin, and Casey Ellett, a mass communication major from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The recipients for the 2007-08 academic year were Jarrod Griswold, a mass communication major from Coffeyville, Kansas and Albert "Charlie" Natividad, a mass communication major from Lee's Summit, Missouri
The recipients for the 2006-07 academic year were Megan Harrison, from Parsons, Kansas andDanielle Dunn, from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The recipient for the 2005-2006 academic year was Brett Gilbertson, from Coffeyville, Kansas. Brett received the scholarship at the Communication banquet on April 28, 2005.
The first recipient, for the 2004-2005 academic year, was Darren Gibbs, from Warrenton, Missouri. He received the scholarship at the Communication banquet on May 8, 2004. The scholarship was presented to Darren by Mrs. Ruth Kolpin-Rubison