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Classical & Modern Languages

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Donna Crawford
This scholarship was established in memory of Donna Crawford by her husband, Don, and her mother, Elsie Smith. Mrs. Crawford died in March of 1982 after battling cancer. She had served as an instructor of French at Truman from 1967 to 1982.

German Club
This scholarship was established by the German Club in 1985. It was funded through gifts and by annual sales of German Advent calendars.

Vera Gomez-Piper Endowed
This scholarship was established through a fundraising appeal led by Lucy Lee, professor of Spanish and Ruth Bradshaw, assistant professor emerita of English. Vera earned a BSE at the University of Costa Rica in 1964, prior to her enrollment at then Northeast Missouri State College where she completed a BSE in 1969 in addition to an MA in Education/Guidance in 1979. Vera taught at all levels of the Spanish program and implemented the foreign language tutoring program. It was also during these transformative early years of her career at Truman that she established the Costa Rica Summer Study Abroad Program, a program that has become nearly synonymous with Vera herself. The Vera Gomez-Piper Endowed Scholarship has been established to recognize the remarkable contributions that Vera has made to Truman and to countless students’ lives. Through education, she has helped eliminate the barriers of language while increasing an understanding of the traditions, history and values of two distinct cultures. Vera has not only built skills, knowledge and confidence among her students, but has built lasting and meaningful relationships between her students, her colleagues and the people of two nations that she now calls home.

Max Kade
The Max Kade Foundation of New York issued a $10,000 grant in 1986 to establish a scholarship in German Studies.

Dr. Maren Partenheimer Memorial
This permanent scholarship program was established in 2012 by an anonymous donor in honor and memory of Dr. Maren Partenhemer. Dr. Partenheimer joined the German faculty at Truman State University in 1986 and taught through the spring of 1997. After a courageous struggle with cancer, she died in May of 1997. While at Truman, Dr. Partenheimer strove consistently to improve and expand opportunities for students in German curriculum and initiated a successful study abroad program in Kiel, Germany.

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.

John and Denise Teal Classical and Modern Languages
The purpose of this endowed scholarship fund is to provide scholarships to US citizens with high financial need at Truman State University. Preference is given to students majoring in Spanish or French. The fund will be established with an estate gift from the Teals. John Teal is a 1978 graduate of Truman State University and retired senior nuclear specialist with First Energy Corporation. He served in the US Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Denise Teal is a 1977 graduate of Truman and retired from a career in law and other business ventures. This scholarship is presented to students in appreciation of the educational opportunities the Teals received from Truman State University.

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