Joplin, MO (SNS) – A reception honoring 2015 Foundation scholarship recipients and donors will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Billingsly Student Center Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.

“It’s an opportunity to thank our donors and let them know how much we appreciate their support, and to let our students know how proud we are that they have qualified for these scholarships,” said Dr. Delores Honey, director of donor relations for the Missouri Southern Foundation.

Each year, more than $500,000 in private scholarships is awarded through the Foundation in the form of endowed, annual and memorial scholarships. Some are created to benefit students studying in a particular field, while others may be for students from a certain geographical area, said Honey.

“There are many criteria that go into how students are selected to receive the scholarships, and we couldn’t do it without our donors,” she said. “They make it possible for students to come to school here, or make it easier for them because of the financial support.”