A special reception and dinner was held on Nov. 15 to honor the 2019-20 Humphreys Scholars.
The Debra and David Humphreys Excellence Award was established with a $1 million gift in 2017, with plans to award scholarships to Missouri Southern 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
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
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