Missouri Southern Foundation
By giving to Missouri Southern State University you demonstrate your passion for the University mission. At the same time, by giving to Missouri Southern you also show that you understand how donor support is required to cover the cost to educate each of our students.
Choosing a cause to support expresses your deepest values and reflects your vision of the world and of yourself.
When you make a gift to the University, you have many different ways to express those values:
You may give an unrestricted gift to be used where the need is greatest, or
You may choose to support a program or college that's close to your heart.
But wherever you direct your gift, you will be helping MSSU make an impact on students, on the community and on the world.
Endowments are gifts to the University in which the principal is invested.
Donors can designate the earnings from their investments to support scholarships, facility improvements and programs. These gifts create a permanent source of funding and allow donors to make a lasting difference in students' lives. Over 96% of our students receive financial aid. Since 1984 donors have provided scholarships to more than 3,670 students at a value of $6,340,508.04.
- An endowed scholarship for students seeking a bachelor's degree in education has been established by the daughter of a couple whose legacy remains tied to the continued success of Missouri Southern State University. Connie Billingsly Godwin, of Joplin, created the scholarship in honor of her parents, Dr. Leon and Sue Billingsly.
Project estimated costs: $125,000 lecture series/$75,000 study abroad scholarship.
Help secure endowment funding for a lecture series and scholarships to assist students studying abroad, which is a requirement of the program.
The Performing Arts
Southern Symphonic Chorus
Project Estimated cost: $10,000 annually.
Supports a joint performance between community and university musicians and singers. In April 2014, the chorus performed Carl Orff's iconic Carmina Burana. In April 2015, they presented Brahms' Requiem.
Project Estimated Cost: $5,000 annually.
Theatre students and faculty perform a Shakespearean production for the community during the summer" MOShakes" Festival.
"MOShakes aims to offer the plays of William Shakespeare in productions that are insightful, exciting, and entertaining," says Missouri Southern Theatre Department Chair, Dr. Jim Lile.
With its mix of the natural and supernatural, and a story of love and family, The Tempest will be staged during the 2015 Missouri Shakespeare Festival, June 23-28 in the Bud Walton Theatre.
The production will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, June 23-27, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28.
Missouri Southern is working to establish the Tom and Karen Rutledge Endowment Fund of $100,000 to honor Coach Tom Rutledge who served Missouri Southern since 1988. The fund will support the needs of the cross country and track and field programs, which Coach Rutledge established and developed into one of the top Division II programs in the country.
Coach Pat Lipira guided the Lions to six NCAA Regional appearances, four MIAA Championships, and the NCAA National Championship in 1992. She was a five time MIAA Coach of the Year, two time Regional Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year in 1992. Proceeds of the donations to the Coach Pat Lipira Endowment Fund will go to name the Softball Complex and the softball locker room at the athletics Fieldhouse after the former Lion Softball Coach and will help to endow a scholarship in Coach Lipira's name.