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Ruth B. Beal
This scholarship was established in 1989 by friends and family of Ruth Beal ('27) upon her death. Beal served as director of residence halls at Truman between 1953 and 1954 and returned to Truman as Dean of Women in 1957, a position she held for 10 years. Beal also served as an instructor in English at Truman from 1967 until 1972. Upon retirement in 1972, Beal was named Dean Emeritus of Women and Instructor Emeritus in English.

Dr. Gail B. Crump
This scholarship program was established in 2012 by Dr. Gail B. Crump of Warrensburg, MO in recognition for the excellent preparation he received at Truman State University. The scholarship will be funded with a $50,000 provision from Dr. Crumps estate. A Kirksville native, he graduated summa cum laude in 1964 with a BA and a BSE in English. While at Truman, he and his twin brother, the late Gary A. Crump, were active in the College Players, Blue Key, Alpha Phi Omega, and other organizations. Dr. Crump received his MA degree in English in 1965 and his Ph.D. in English in January 1970, from the University of Arkansas, where he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His field of academic specialization is Modern British and American Literature, particularly fiction and drama. In September 1969, he joined the faculty of the department of English at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, and taught there until his retirement in 2011.As a faculty member at the University of Central Missouri, he served as chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages, interim chair of the Department of Geography and Interdisciplinary studies, and Associate Provost.

This scholarship was endowed by members of the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in memory of two of their brothers. Paul Bryan Cutak majored in English and had a deep love of literature and film. He is remembered by his friends for his support of their endeavors and ambitions, as well as for the inspirational effect he had on them. Wayne Long died of cancer while a student at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University); he was initiated into the fraternity on his death bed. For nearly thirty years, the chapter awarded a scholarship in his honor that went to someone who demonstrated financial need. Through the Cutak-Long Scholarship, the alumni of Theta Rho hope to carry on the memory of our brothers at Truman State University.

Dr. Angela A. DeVito Memorial
This scholarship was established in February, 2011 by Roger Bethel of Willcox, AZ. This memorial scholarship celebrates the memory and life of Angela DeVito. Angela graduated from Kirksville High School in 1975. After attending Truman State University for a year, she completed her bachelor's degree at Stephen's College. Angela went on to receive her Master's degree and PhD in Medieval English Literature from the University of Arizona.

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.

C. V. Huenemann
This scholarship was established by family and friends of C.V. Huenemann, former head of the Division of Language & Literature. Huenemann came to Truman in 1956 and retired 25 years later. He was instrumental in establishing the English graduate program.

Merry Lynn Lyle ('90, '91) Memorial
This scholarship was established in 2010 by Terri (Lyle) Wilson and Michael Wilson ('91) in memory of Terri's mother, Merry Lynn Lyle ('90, '91), a graduate of Truman and a faculty member at Truman. The scholarship is to assist nontraditional students achieve their educational pursuits.

Ray Roberts Memorial
This scholarship was endowed in 1981 by Henry ('39) and Harriet Sensenich ('43) Roberts as a memorial to his brother, Dr. Ray Roberts ('40). Ray Roberts served in several positions within the Naval Department and the Postal Service, covering a period of more than 33 years. Henry Roberts retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglass as chief chemist.

Harold and Helen Stewart
This scholarship was established in 1991 by Miles and Nancy Lovelace and friends in memory of Nancy's parents, Harold and Helen Stewart. The intent of this scholarship is to enable students to attend Truman who would financially be unable to attend otherwise.

Jim Thomas
This scholarship was established by friends and colleagues of Dr. Jim Thomas upon his retirement from the Language and Literature Division. He passed away in 2009.

Shirley Ann Watson Memorial English
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).

Jeanne Daily Wilson Legacy
The Jeanne Daily Wilson Legacy Scholarship was established in 2017 by Dr. Margaret Wilson in honor of her mother and the legacy she created for her family at Truman State University. This endowed fund is designed to provide scholarships in perpetuity. Jeanne Daily Wilson (1964, 1967) had a great love for learning. She encouraged her children to pursue higher education and her family has a legacy at Truman State University that spans four generations. Jeanne was raised in Kirksville and after receiving a secretarial certificate at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman), she moved to St. Louis to work at Monsanto. It was there that she met and married Philip J. Wilson, who had just returned from serving in World War II. They moved to Kirksville and he attended the University on the G.I. Bill, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1949. After having four children, Jeanne returned to the University on the same day her youngest child, Margaret, entered kindergarten. Jeanne earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education in 1964 and a Master of Arts in English in 1967. She taught in the Kirksville Junior High School located on campus in the Ophelia Parrish Building and she also taught college courses at the University. The Daily/Wilson families have retained a close connection to the University to this day. This scholarship honors the legacy of Jeanne Daily Wilson and her family members who are alumni of the University: Helen Daily (1937), Philip J. Wilson (1949), Jeanne Daily Wilson (1964, 1967), Dr. Philip Wilson, II (1975) and his wife, Dr. Wanda Wilson (1974), Dr. Michael Wilson (1969), Dr. James Wilson, Dr. Margaret Wilson (1979), Elizabeth Wilson (1998), Christopher Wilson (1999), Dr. Christine Wilson (2008) and Charles Lemley, IV (2011).

J.C. and Donna Wright Memorial
Originally endowed by Dr. James C. Wright and friends, this scholarship memorializes two people who devoted their lives to education. Dr. J. C. Wright served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Iowa. He came to Truman in 1965 and was a professor of education through his retirement in 1972. Donna Wright was an instructor of English at Truman from 1965 to 1973.

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