More Donor Stories


  • US Bank Makes Gift to Truman State UniversityUS Bank Makes Gift to University
    Mary Nay and Wayne Blackman of US Bank were on campus recently to present Vice President for University Advancement Mark Gambaiana (shown in center) with a contribution to the Truman Fund for Excellence. Through outright grants and matching gifts from employees, US Bank has contributed more than $46,000 to Truman State University over the years.

    • Troy Paino and Michael SchwendTruman Receives $10,000 Grant Courtesy of Preferred Family Healthcare
      The Truman State University Foundation has received a grant of $10,000 from the National Council for Behavioral Health. The foundation was selected as the nonprofit of choice by Preferred Family Healthcare of Kirksville after the organization received the 2015 “Excellence in Addictions Treatment Innovation Award” at a recent conference of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
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    • Essie and Harry GardnerA Son Honors His Parents
      Alumnus Mark Gardner (’75) named a scholarship in honor of his parents, Harry and Essie (Kelley) Gardner, as a tribute to the family’s passion for lifelong learning and their belief that education is the foundation of civilized society.
    • Leone-Patterson Scholarship Established
      Prospective students from Kansas, Nebraska and other western states now have an added incentive to attend Truman thanks to a gift from Ann and Gary Patterson of Wichita, Kan., and their son, Tyler. The Leone-Patterson Endowed and Annual Scholarship is designed for students from those states who have unmet need, have active involvement and leadership in extra-curricular activities and a minimum high school grade point average of 3.25.
    • Lydia Inman FjeldDr. Lydia Inman Fjeld Scholarship Established
      Dr. Lydia Inman Fjeld gave selflessly to Truman  throughout her life. She arrived at the University in 1973 after accepting the position of head of the Division of Home Economics. Shortly thereafter, in 1975, she was named dean of graduate studies, a position she occupied until her retirement in 1983.


    • Truman State University sign<strong>Estate Gift Salutes Family Doctor
      The Dr. Samuel Lloyd Simpson Scholarship Fund was established at Truman State University by members of his family and a bequest from the estate of his daughter, Betty Jo Simpson Oswald (’69, ’72).


    • Del and Norma Robison Planetarium and Multimedia Theater at TrumanDel and Norma Robison Planetarium and Multimedia Theater Now Open
      Through a partnership of University resources and private contributions, the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium and Multimedia Theater at Truman was unveiled to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Homecoming 2014.

    • Lola Gordon BellBell Family Foundation Honors Kirksville Roots with Scholarship Gift
      Truman has received a $50,000 grant from the Bell Family Foundation of San Francisco, Calif., to establish an endowed scholarship program for students studying computer science. The gift was made to honor the late Lola Gordon Bell, a 1923 graduate of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, and Sharon Bell Smith, a 1961 graduate, respectively the mother and sister of the foundation’s founder, C. Gordon Bell of San Francisco

    • Mackenzie Kathleen McDermottScholarship Created to Remember Student
      Family and friends established the Mackenzie Kathleen McDermott Memorial Scholarship Fund in loving memory of the Truman student who passed away in October 2014. Mackenzie was a junior from Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., majoring in both English and sociology/anthropology.

    • TeriHeckert-241x300.jpgScholarship Endowment to Honor Professor and University Leader
      Dr. Teri Heckert, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, displayed remarkable courage as her fierce battle with cancer concluded, Feb. 19, 2014. To memorialize and commemorate her significant and lasting contributions to the University, family and friends established the Dr. Teresa M. Heckert Memorial Scholarship in Psychology.

    • BartlingsScholarship Funds Honor Faculty Couple, Colleagues
      Between them, John and Jane Bartling taught and mentored hundreds of Truman students. To recognize and commemorate this long record of service to students and the campus community, Dr. John S. Bartling recently made a gift of securities valued at nearly $65,000 to establish four new scholarship funds with the Truman State University Foundation.
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    • Ron and Billie WigginsContributions From IRA Provide Tax-Free Support for Annual Scholarship
      While registering for his freshman year at Marceline High School, Ron Wiggins (’59) first encountered a new graduate of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College who would prove to have a profound and lasting influence on his life