Joplin, MO (SNS) – A limited-time scholarship initiative has been launched by the Missouri Southern Foundation to help increase the value of new, endowed scholarships for students at Missouri Southern State University.

Under the Southern Match program, the Foundation will place an additional $10,000 from its undesignated scholarship funds into each newly endowed scholarship created. The minimum principal amount under this initiative would be $20,000 – with half coming from the donor and half from the Foundation. The donor’s name would be placed on the entire $20,000 and the income distributed from the fund would be based on the same amount.

The program is limited to 20 new endowment scholarships. Having launched on April 1, the Foundation has already established seven new scholarships that have qualified for matching funds. They are:

The Dan Stengel Accounting Scholarship – established by a former student
The Jim Gray Dean’s Scholarship – established by multiple contributors
The Michael LaFerla Pre-Dental Scholarship – by Don and Gloria LaFerla
The Matt and Tracy Flanigan International Study Scholarship
The Keith and Dollie Williams Student Athlete Scholarship
The Delores and Jim Honey Family Scholarship
The Rod Anderson Baseball Scholarship Fund

For more information, contact Dr. Delores Honey, the Foundation’s director of donor relations, at 417-625-9696 or