Dr. & Mrs. Speck Establish Endowed Scholarship

September 1, 2011
CONTACT: Michael Fontana
Development Officer - Annual Fund/Scholarships
Missouri Southern Foundation
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce W. Speck and his wife Carmen have proposed a new scholarship at MSSU.
The new scholarship will be called the Alvarez-Khoury-Lansaw Memorial Scholarship, in honor of three members of the Missouri Southern family whose lives were lost in the May 22 tornado.
Dr. José Alvarez was a highly-respected member of the MSSU faculty.
Abraham "Abe" Khoury was a Missouri Southern student who was a role model to his friends and family.
Donald Lansaw, the husband of staff member Bethany Lansaw, gave his life to protect his wife, shielding her body as the two of them took shelter from the storm.
Dr. and Mrs. Speck will donate the initial $3,000 gift to start the effort.
"The deaths are a tragedy for their families, the University and the community," Dr. Speck said.
"Nothing can change this," he added, "but we hope the scholarship will remind us of the exemplary value of their lives as it helps students in the years to come."
"José, Abe and Donald did not die in vain," Dr. Speck declared.
The scholarship will be an "endowed scholarship" in which the principal remains intact and only the interest is awarded each year.
Once established, the endowment creates a permanent funding source that will grow over time.
For information about contributing to the Alvarez-Khoury-Lansaw Memorial Scholarship, contact Michael Fontana, Development Officer at the Missouri Southern Foundation, at 417.659.4436 or email
The scholarship will be administered by the Missouri Southern Foundation.