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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.

Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry
This scholarship was established in 1992 by the Gamma Theta chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity and became endowed in the Fall of 1999. Through the scholarship, Alpha Chi Sigma hopes to aid its members, by every honorable means, in the attainment of their ambitions as chemists throughout their mortal lives.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Victor F. Hoffman, III Memorial
This scholarship was established in 2011 in loving memory of Dr. Victor F. Hoffman, III by his family and many friends. A native of Kirksville, Hoffman graduated from Truman State University (then Northeast Missouri State University) in 1966 with degrees in Chemistry, Math and Physics. Dr. Hoffman went on to earn his Master of Science and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was hired at Truman as a temporary instructor of chemistry in 1969. Throughout the course of his long, distinguished career at Truman, he taught Basic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry Lab I, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Lab and Organic Chemistry (Super) Lab. He retired in 2009 at the rank of full professor. His four children, John, Shelly, David and Emily were raised on the family farm in Kirksville, where he lived until his passing on November 1, 2011.

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.

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.

Tricia M. Mason Memorial Chemistry
This endowed scholarship was established in 2011 by Bonnie Mason in loving memory of her daughter, Tricia M. Mason ('01). Tricia was a chemistry major, loved her experience at Truman, and was a dedicated chemist deeply involved in research. She passed away 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.

Willard Wayne Roberts
Alma Ullom established this scholarship in 1986 in memory of her brother, Willard Wayne Roberts. Roberts attended Truman for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He was killed in World War II.

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.

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.

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