MSSU Offers Scholarships to Habitat Families

Nov. 19, 2011

Rod E. Surber, Director, University Relations & Marketing, or 417.625.9399
Stephen E. Smith, News Bureau Manager, or 417.625.6506

MSSU Habitat Scholarships AnnouncedJOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Missouri Southern State University is offering scholarships to the 24 children of the families involved in the Habitat for Humanity’s Ten for Joplin project.

MSSU President Bruce W. Speck made the announcement at the project’s dedication of all 10 homes Saturday, Nov. 19. “This is another tangible way we can demonstrate our support for the families devastated by the May 22 tornado,” Dr. Speck stated.

(Photo at right) Dr. Speck was joined by JoAnn Graffam, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, and Darren Fullerton, Vice President for Student Affairs, at the Saturday afternoon dedication ceremony near the intersection of Kentucky and 23rd Street.

Children in the 10 homes range in age from 4 months to 18 years old. (Photo below) The families who will be living in the Habitat homes celebrate shortly after receiving their keys.

The scholarships will cover tuition for four years and currently translates to an approximate value of $20,000 per scholarship. The value is based on a student taking 15 credit hours per semester at $163 per credit hour for eight semesters.

Missouri Southern has been supportive of this project from its inception with many of its employees serving in leadership roles on the project and working in the homes.

When the project was introduced to the community MSSU’s Staff Senate passed a resolution to develop a team of volunteers to help build the houses because they believe in the mission of Habitat for Humanity and wanted to assist the community.

Habitat Families Receive Keys to Their HomesThe volunteer team was open to students, faculty and staff and more than 100 joined the project. Teams of 50 people worked on the houses two days and MSSU volunteers worked during other days as well, stated Robert Harrington, MSSU Director of Physical Plant and a member of the Joplin Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.

Southern also provided staff members and vehicles to transport extra materials from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project to support the Habitat building project.

These scholarships are in addition to scholarships being offered to students who were sophomores, juniors and seniors as of May 20, 2011 at Joplin High School, McAuley High School, College Heights Christian School and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. These students represent the graduating classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Learn more about these scholarships.