A reception and dinner are planned to honor the 2019-20 Humphreys Scholars at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at 211 S. Main St. (the old Commerce Bank building).

The Debra and David Humphreys Excellence Award was established with a $1 million gift in 2017, with plans to award scholarships to Missouri Southern State University students for 10 years.

The annual recipients of the award – or Humphreys Scholars – are graduates of high schools within 50 miles of Missouri Southern and majoring in biological and physical sciences, mathematics, education, accounting, finance, engineering technology or computer science. Students in the “Yours to Lose” advanced medical school program will also be eligible for the award.

The funds awarded cover at least 50 percent of their tuition for that school year.

To be eligible, students must meet one of the following criteria at the time of application:

  • At least a 3.7 high school or collegiate GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A 28 or above composite ACT score or a combined critical reading and mathematics SAT score of 1300.
  • Graduate in the top 10 percent of their high-school class.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need, and the scholarship will be renewable for up to eight semesters, as long as the recipient maintains at least a 3.5 GPA.

The Humphreys are known for their support for education in the region. David Humphreys has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Joplin-based TAMKO Building Products since 1994, a company which his grandfather started in 1944. He and his wife, Debra, played an integral role in the 1993 establishment of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, an independent, private school in Joplin.

The most recent recipients of the scholarship are:



Jesse Brumit, junior, accounting


Jade Remington, freshman, biology/pre-med


Ethan Stapleton, senior, mathematics

Carl Junction

Austin Rose, sophomore, finance


Anna Shofler, freshman, KCUMB pre-med


Sydney Peters, freshman, secondary education


Eliza Tidball, senior, logistics


Emma Bragg, freshman, secondary education

Melody Cunningham, senior, biology/pre-med

Gibran Galindo, sophomore, industrial engineering technology

Norman Lewis, freshman, art-visual

Allyson Marlett, senior, education

Joseph McGuire, junior, CIS

Tanner Movick, sophomore, biology/pre-med

Joshua Painter, senior, KCUMB pre-med

Hailey Stamper, sophomore, education

Wade Yancey, junior, CIS


Karsyn Ballay, junior, logistics

Andre Parrett, senior, finance

Layne Skiles, sophomore, finance


Adam Haddock, junior accounting

Amber Shepeard, freshman, biology

Benjamin Massey, freshman, finance


Garrett Dunn, senior, KCUMB pre-med


Willow Jones, senior, accounting

Ashleigh Sommer, freshman, biology

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Emily Dagnan, senior, secondary education

Mackenzie Hansen, sophomore, accounting

Cade Hensely, junior, physics/engineering

Natalie Lown, junior, accounting

Alexia Maddux, junior, elementary education



Layne Karhoff, junior, accounting