Officials with the Lelia Heuer Foundation in Springfield recently donated $10,000 to Missouri State University-West Plains to continue funding four scholarships already established at the university.
The money will be used for two $2,500 Lelia Heuer Restricted Current Scholarships and two $2,500 Lelia Heuer Restricted Current Scholarships for Howell County. The scholarships will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“The Lelia Heuer Foundation has a strong tradition of helping others achieve their educational goals,” said Heather Kamps, director of development at Missouri State-West Plains. “For many students at Missouri State University-West Plains, pursuing higher education would not be possible without the generosity of individuals like Lelia Heuer. Her legacy of giving has allowed many local students to become the leaders of tomorrow, and we could not be more thankful for the difference she has made,” Kamps added.
The scholarships were established in 2005 to “significantly impact the lives of the scholarship recipients” and to assist students who may not qualify for federal or state grant assistance.
Lelia Heuer Restricted Current Scholarship
Primary consideration for the Lelia Heuer Restricted Current Scholarships will be given to non-traditional students who live in Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Texas, Shannon or Wright counties. Recipients should be either high school graduates or have completed a high school equivalency exam.
Lelia Heuer Restricted Current Scholarship for Howell County
Primary consideration for the Lelia Heuer Restricted Current Scholarships for Howell County will be given to traditional students who are graduates of a Howell County public high school.
Heuer, who was born in West Plains and lived in Lebanon, believed in helping others throughout her life. Through her foundation, her gifts have helped over 70 Missouri State-West Plains students achieve their dreams.
“Throughout the history of this campus, from the grassroots efforts of its founding to today, the support of the community has been instrumental to our ability of providing a quality education to our students,” Chancellor Shirley Lawler said.
“The foresight and generosity of community members like Lelia Heuer has made it possible for thousands of area residents to achieve their dreams of a successful career and a better life,” she added.
For more information about giving to the university, call the Missouri State University-West Plains development office at 417-255-7240.