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The Generosity and Gratitude Behind Scholarships

Posted: Oct. 24, 2016

"If it wasn't for generous and supportive alumni like the Steinbergs, I wouldn't be able to say that I am graduating in May completely debt-free." These are the words of just one of 222 grateful scholarship recipients in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Alex McCrosky is currently a senior majoring in Textile and Apparel Management, minoring in Business and is also one of the recipients of the Alan and Sandra Steinberg Scholarship. The Steinbergs established this scholarship in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) in 2008 with a donation of $100,000 to provide financial assistance to TAM students who are pursuing careers in the textile and apparel field and need help funding their Mizzou education. McCrosky’s plans after college mesh well with this in mind as she hopes to travel and work for a corporate office of an apparel company and she just completed an internship this past summer at Wal-Mart Corporate Office.

Dr. Marilyn Coleman, emerita Curator’s Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), created the Marilyn Coleman Doctoral Fellowship Fund in 2002 to provide fellowships to doctoral students who wish to concentrate on the study of families, specifically those interested in studying divorce and remarriage. One of this year’s recipients, Ashton Chapman, stated, "Dr. Coleman's generous endowment has made graduate school a financial reality and has provided a financial peace of mind that is truly invaluable." Chapman is currently working towards her PhD in HDFS and one of her research areas focus on understanding how intergenerational relationships are forged and maintained outside of nuclear family ties. In HES it is very important for our students and their scholarship donors to form a relationship and get to know one another. This dialogue begins with a thank you letter written by each student scholarship recipient to their scholarship donor. Then each fall, during MU Family Weekend, we give our students and donors a chance to meet in person at our annual HES Scholarship and Honors Convocation. This year’s event took place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 and, with nearly 300 students, families, donors and faculty in attendance, this has by far become one of the most popular events in our college! The ceremony allows our students and donors to meet in person as well as their families.

Ashton Chapman and Marilyn Coleman

Alan and Sandee Steinberg and Alex McCrosky, TAM

Ashton Chapman and Marilyn Coleman

Ashton Chapman and Dr. Marilyn Coleman, HDFS

HDFS Sarah Mitchell, Sarah Pietotti, Caroline Sanner, Ashton Chapman, Emily Manning, scholarship recipients 2016

HDFS - Sarah Mitchell, Sarah Pietotti, Caroline Sanner, Ashton Chapman, Emily Manning, scholarship recipients 2016

Allie Ravert, another recipient of the Alan and Sandee Steinberg Scholarship was able to visit with the Steinbergs at the event in September and stated, "Being able to meet Alan and Sandra Steinberg was an amazing experience. I loved hearing about their careers and all that they have accomplished, along with being able to thank them personally for donating the scholarship."

Ashton Chapman, who also visited with her scholarship donor at the event, sums it up perfectly, "It is my hope that donors, including Dr. Coleman, never question the impact they have made, are making, and will continue to make in the lives of undergraduate and graduate students through donations such as these. They do not go unnoticed."