Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award

About the Award

Corporations, businesses, foundations, and organizations have discovered that investing in Truman State University is also investing in their future, and the Corporation/Foundation Award recognizes corporations, foundations, and organizations for exemplary support to the University and its students. Some examples of collaborative efforts include recruitment of Truman interns and graduates, participation in lectures and seminars, intellectual exchanges, research alliances and financial support. The award is presented at the Truman State University Foundation Banquet held on campus each year.


2017 Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award Recipient: The Presser Foundation

The Presser FoundationThe Presser Foundation, one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy, has been providing funding to further the cause of music for more than 75 years. A member of Truman State University’s John R. Kirk Society and President’s Circle, The Presser Foundation has provided longstanding support that allows exceptional students to pursue their dreams so they can make their own contributions to the field of music.

As part of its philanthropy, The Presser Foundation funds scholarships for talented music students. Only institutions with recognized quality music programs are considered for these prestigious awards, and Truman has had the honor of distributing The Presser Foundation Award to a promising music student every year since 2003. Truman’s music faculty members select the student who receives this generous scholarship.

The merit-based award from The Presser Foundation is funded through the will and deeds of trust from Theodore Presser (1848-1925) who had a passion for music education. He is remembered not only as the publisher of The Etude music magazine and the founder of a great music publishing firm, but also as a philanthropist in the cause of music education. Presser formed the Foundation that bears his name, and it has continued to provide support to music students, educators, and music organizations.


Past Recipients

  • 2016: EY
  • 2015: Shelter Insurance Companies
  • 2014: Northeast Missouri State Bank
  • 2013: Preferred Family Healthcare
  • 2012: Sodexo
  • 2011: State Farm Insurance
  • 2010: Preferred Family Healthcare
  • 2009: RiteCare Valley of Columbia
  • 2008: Truman Bookstore-Barnes & Noble College Booksellers
  • 2007: The Boeing Company
  • 2006: AT&T