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Shirley D. Adams Memorial
This scholarship was established in 2001 by John Adams ('84) and Debi Boughton in honor of their mother, Shirley Adams, who passed away March 14, 2001. Shirley D. Adams was a 1956 graduate of Truman State University (then known as Kirksville State Teachers College) and received a B.S. degree in zoology. After a brief period of time away from Kirksville, Mrs. Adams and her family moved back in 1962, where she remained until her death at age 71. She was well-known in Kirksville for her generosity and grace. She was extremely supportive of the community and the University. One of Mrs. Adams' most distinctive characteristics was her passion for learning. Her desire for knowledge was practically insatiable and her range of endeavors was broad. Whether she pursued information about the securities markets, astronomy and physics, chess, baseball or stats, she would devote tremendous energy to learning all she could. Beyond all of this, Shirley Adams is remembered as a kind and loving person, thoroughly dedicated to her family, friends and community. Her many admirers came together to provide funding for this scholarship in her name.

Dr. Robert and Harlene Bailey
This scholarship program was established in 2012 by Brian Bailey of Goleta, CA and Cristanne Leitner of San Diego, CA in recognition and memory of their parents, Robert and Harlene (Wellman) Bailey. Robert and Harlene were graduates of Truman State University (1951 and 1950 respectively) where Robert graduated with a degree in Zoology and Harlene with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Robert received his medical degree from Western Reserve Medical School in 1954. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, the family moved to California where he established a practice in the Grover Beach/Arroyo Grande area. He later practiced medicine in Santa Barbara. Harlene Bailey earned a M.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and worked as a hospital records administrator, teacher, community volunteer and owner of the Montecito Fine Arts Gallery.

Max E. Bell
This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Max E. Bell who retired as professor emeritus of botany in 1991 after 37 years of teaching.

Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society
This scholarship was established by Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society.

Dr. John D. Black Memorial
Established by friends in honor of Dr. John D. Black, professor of zoology at Truman from 1948 through 1973. He authored a book and several articles and is credited as being the first pre-osteopathic advisor in the country.

Dennis and Mary Beth Buda
This fund was established by Dennis and Mary Beth Buda. Dennis is a 1969 Biology graduate of Truman State University and has nearly 30 years of experience in the professional publishing business, most recently as President of J. Ross Publishing. He has additional experience with Williams and Wilkins, Thieme, Mosby and CRC Press, and has developed a track record of successfully revitalizing unprofitable operations. Buda received an MBA degree from George Washington University and is a former member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

The Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
This scholarship was established in 2008 by Dr. Peter Goldman. Dr. Goldman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Carleton College and obtained a BS from The Ohio State University. He continued there for his PhD working in the lab of one of the pioneers in the study of animal vocal behavior. Dr. Goldman joined the faculty at Truman State University in the early 1970s and continued teaching for more than 35 years. He took several years off in the late 1990's and participated in bird conservation projects in California. His main interests include the evolution of behavior, primarily behavior of birds. During his career, he has studied vocal communication, foraging behavior, social behavior, parental care and community organization. He created this endowed scholarship to assist students at Truman State University who are entering the field of conservation biology.

Ranessa L. Cooper Botany Annual Award
This scholarship was created in February 2022 by Dr. Ranessa L. Cooper to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her graduation from Truman. The scholarship will provide opportunity for deserving students to receive a Truman State University education, specifically students interested in botany or plant biology.

L. Scott and Carol D. Ellis
This scholarship was endowed in 2008 by Dr. L. Scott Ellis and his wife Carol ('91). Scott joined the faculty at Truman State University (then Northeast Missouri State University) in 1980 and taught courses in biology, including zoology, anatomy, histology and mammalogy. He also co-taught a summer ecology course in the mountains of Montana, and later Arizona. He was named the E.M. Violette Advisor of the Year in 1993, became a full professor in 1994, and spent a sabbatical semester in Queensland, Australia, in 1996. He was named division head/dean of science in July, 1998, and played a key role in developing the plans and overseeing the expansion and renovation of Magruder Hall in the early 2000s. In spring, 2007, he was selected as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Academic Hall of Fame at Truman. Scott retired as professor and dean emeritus in 2008. Carol taught elementary school in the Kirksville School District for 26 years and received her master's degree in Education Administration from Truman in 1991. She especially enjoyed teaching science topics to her students and mentoring Truman student teachers. She retired from teaching in 2007.

Peter and Mary Summers Heinze
This fund was established by Peter ('35) and Mary Summers ('36) Heinze to support undergraduate science majors.

Holman Family Graduate Student
This scholarship fund was established in 2008 to commemorate the Holman family's long association with Truman State University. The home of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman was located at 1001 South Florence Street, near campus, and the family opened their home to numerous Truman students over the years. Paul served on the Truman staff, working as a custodian in Magruder Hall. They influenced their children, Charles, Wilmer and Vinita, to pursue a college education and had a positive impact on many Truman students' lives through their long association.

Squire Paul and Meeda Daniel Holman
This scholarship was established by Vinita Holman Swisher ('49), R. Donovan Swisher, and Ann Swisher Akin in 1996 to honor Vinita's parents.

Foreste Ross Kimbley
Foreste Ross Kimbley established this scholarship in 1986 after witnessing the benefits of the scholarship her husband, Wilbur P. Kimbley II ('28) received.

Nedra Klein Memorial
This scholarship was endowed in 2003 as a memorial by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Nedra Klein (1951-2001). Dr. Klein became assistant professor of biology at Truman State University in August 1997. Prior to teaching at Truman, she taught at the University of Wisconsin and at Lewis and Clark University in Lake Oswego, Ore. Dr. Klein took great pleasure in introducing her students to the study of ornithology and was regarded as an outstanding scientist and professor who cared deeply about her students. She loved birds, nature, travel, research and teaching. The scholarship is designated for students who are involved in research on birds.

Lt. Gen. Shien Min Ku and Shih Chin Ku Scholarship
This scholarship was established in October 2022 by Stella Chakiris to honor her parents Lt. Gen. Shien Min Ku and Shih Chin Ku. Stella is a Truman alumna. This fund shall provide scholarship for female students studying in the fields of science or math with a preference for students from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and California.

Pres. Jack Magruder, Mary Evelyn & Karl E. Thurman
This scholarship fund was endowed by Mary Evelyn Thurman ('46) on July 4, 1999 to honor Truman State University's president, Jack Magruder and her brother Karl ('43). Magruder ('57) began his career at Truman in 1964 and served as a chemistry professor, head of the science division, and vice president of academic affairs before becoming the university president in 1994. He retired in 2003.

Larry & Sharron Quisenberry Science Endowed
This scholarship fund was established in 2010 by Larry and Sharron Quisenberry of Tifton, GA, to provide opportunity for deserving students to receive a Truman State University degree. Larry Quisenberry holds a bachelor's degree in business education (1966) and a master's in secondary school administration (1975) from Truman State University. He holds a Ph.D. in general school administration and has served as a teacher, school administrator, accountant, and in several position in higher education. He retired as an assistant to the Provost at Iowa State University. Upon graduation from Truman in 1966, Sharron Quisenberry taught in secondary education until entering graduate school, receiving a Ph.D. in entomology. She has spent her professional life as a researcher and university administrator and retired as as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Iowa State University. Sharron is internationally recognized for research in insect/host interactions and conservation of insect resistant germplasm and is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.

Dr. Wray and Helen Rieger Memorial
This scholarship was initiated by friends and relatives of Dr. and Mrs. Wray Rieger. Dr. Rieger began his career at Truman in 1926 as an organic chemistry instructor. He became head of the Science Division in 1945 and dean of instruction in 1960. He retired in 1972. Helen Rieger served as curator of the University museum for more than 21 years and was also the archivist from 1965 to 1977.

Henry and Harriett (Sensenich) Roberts
This scholarship was established anonymously in 1986 by Henry Roberts ('39) and Harriett (Sensenich) Roberts ('43), who met as students at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. The name of the scholarship was changed from Anonymously Endowed Scholarship when Henry Roberts passed away in 2009. Henry Roberts was one of three brothers. All three served in World War II. Willard Wayne was lost in a plane crash over the Pacific, Ray served as a Naval officer in the Pacific, and Henry served as a tank commander in Europe. Ray was the only brother left unscathed by the war. Henry, who was injured four times, was mistakenly pronounced dead the first time. Each of the three brothers attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College with the help of scholarships. Henry worked in a private residence for room, board and laundry and also tutored and did odd jobs to work his way through college. Henry's wife, Harriett, taught in elementary schools during the winter and attended school during the short term and summer term. She passed away in 1996. Before WWII, Henry taught high school science and mathematics, and following the war, he stayed in the Army until after the Korean War, then worked briefly for the railroad before teaching science and mathematics at Wentworth Military Academy for one year and then in 1952 returned to school to receive a masters degree in chemistry. He accepted a job as a chemist with Owens-Corning Fiberglass in Newark, OH, and in 1959, was promoted and transferred to their plant in Anderson, SC. He retired in 1978 and continued to live in South Carolina until his death in 2009.

Dr. Dean Rosebery Science
This scholarship was established by Dr. Dean A. Rosebery and Amy (Ayres) Rosebery, relatives and friends. Dr. Rosebery graduated from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (Truman State University) in 1941. Dr. Rosebery served the University as Professor of Science and Head of the Division of Science from 1953 until his retirement in 1985. The scholarship is for students of science.

George J. and Diane E. Schulte
This scholarship was established in 2012 by Dr. George J. Schulte and his wife, Diane. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to aspiring graduate students interested in animal physiology research. Dr. Schulte joined the faculty of Truman State University in 1976 and currently serves as Professor of Physiology. He received his undergraduate degree from Thomas More College and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Houston. Through the course of a long, distinguished career at Truman, he has taught courses in Physiology, Pathophysiology, Comparative Animal Physiology, Cell Physiology, Marine Biology, Biology for Non-Majors, Membrane Transport, Senior Biology Seminar, Introductory Biology and Embryology and Developmental Biology. His research interests include Animal Physiology, Membrane Transport Physiology, Enzymology and Respiratory Physiology. Much of his research has focused on aquatic animal life. Diane graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a BS degree in Biology and in 1972 from the University of Texas, School of Allied Health Sciences in Galveston, TX with a BS degree in Medical Technology. After working as a Medical Technologist for four years at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX, Diane came to Kirksville with George in 1976. She worked for two years at Laughlin Hospital and then for over thirty years at what is now Northeast Regional Medical Center.

John and Jacquelyn Settlage Ecology Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2023 by Jacquelyn "Jackie" Settlage to support Truman students and honor her husband's career as a faculty member at Truman. Dr. John Settlage retired in 1992 as Professor Emeritus of Science after having taught ecology and science education for 30 years at Truman.

Jim and Nancy Shaddy Research
This scholarship was established in 2003 by Dr. Jim and Nancy Shaddy.

Shirley Ann Watson Memorial Science
This scholarship was established in 1989 by a $30,000 bequest from the estate of Edna E. Watson Richard. This scholarship was made on behalf of Mrs. Richard and her late husband, John D. Watson, in memory of their daughter, Shirley Ann Watson ('70).

Betty Jo White, D.O. Science
This scholarship was established by Betty Jo White, D.O., FACOS, in 2006 to support pre-osteopathic students with an interest in the Still National Osteopathic Museum in Kirksville, MO. In 1967, Dr. Betty Jo White (1959)became the first female to complete a General Surgery residency in the Osteopathic profession. By setting up this scholarship, she hopes to inspire students to become Osteopathic physicians and to always have an interest in the Osteopathic History of the profession.

Terry and Faye Whitworth Biology
This scholarship was established in 2019 with a cash gift made by Terry and Faye Whitworth of Tacoma, Washington. Terry and Faye were graduates of Truman State University (1968). Terry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education (Zoology) and Faye with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Social Science). Both Terry and Faye earned post graduate degrees from Utah State University. Faye holds a Master of Science and Master of Education and Terry holds a Master of Science and PhD in Entomology. Upon earning his PhD, Terry worked as an entomologist for a pest control company in Tacoma, Washington and Faye taught high school History. Terry eventually started Whitworth Pest Solutions and is an adjuct professor with the entomlogy department at Washington State University. He has devoted many years to the study of blow flies and their relatives and is well known as an expert in the taxonomy of the family. Both Terry and Faye credit their education at Truman for preparing them for graduate studies and successful careers.

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