First-Generation Student Support

This campaign ended on June 30, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

UPDATE 6/28/17: Thank you to all the donors and advocates!  The goal has been met, but we will continue to raise money until the campaign ends!  Let's see how far we can go over the $10,000 goal! Make a gift to the first-generation student support fund or the fund of your choice! 

First-generation students are the first in their families to attend college. They face challenges that other students don't face and statistically, they are less likely to graduate. We need your help to support first-gen students! 

  • 33-35% of Missouri State's current student population is first-gen, many MSU alumni were also first-gen students themselves. 
  • First-gen students face tight finances, and may not know about all the available financial aid. 
  • They may be working multiple jobs, commuting to school and caring for other family members.

The new First-Generation Student Support Fund is designed to help meet the needs of these students. It can be used for scholarships, special programming, networking opportunities, peer mentoring and other opportunities related to supporting first-gen students.

You can certainly choose to give to any fund at MSU through this campaign, but only donations to the First Generation Student Support Fund will by matched by Tim Foote, '72, until the matching funds are exhausted.Your gift can be matched dollar for dollar, up to a certain amount!  UPDATE: matching funds are no longer available.

If you have any questions regarding this project or incentives, please contact

*In addition, MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card and receive address labels in the fall. 

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US Donor Map

Designation Leaderboard

First Generation Student Support Fund 58$10,373
Other 3$77

Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
1962 1$100
1972 1$5,000
1975 2$600
1978 1$50
1979 1$50
1980 1$50
1982 1$0
1986 1$500
1994 1$100
1996 1$25
1999 1$100
2001 1$25
2008 1$25
2010 1$100
2011 1$10
2012 1$25
2016 1$25
2021 1$25

Donor affiliations

37% Alumni

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2% Students

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2% Parents

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25% Faculty/Staff

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5% Friends

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Donor list

Stacey E. Outman
Rachelle L. Darabi
Patty A Claussen
Vonda Yarberry
Pratt, Wes and Francine
David Rohall
Mary Jane Pardue
Debora S. Biggs
Jennifer Simmons
William Buscher
Brian L Quick
Lynda Nickle
Victoria Schwartz Williams
Stephanie Stenger Montgomery
Cindy Blessen
Kim Taylor
Andrew C. Sutton
Brian Steele photoBrian Steele
Tracey Glaessgen
Sharon Bryant
Linda K. (Wisehart) Vandever
Mark M Biggs
Jef Cornelius-White photoJef Cornelius-White
Kelly Wood
Richard C Fobair
Sophie Pierpoint photoSophie Pierpoint
Melanie Earl photoMelanie Earl
Melanie Earl photoMelanie Earl
Tim Foote photoTim Foote

Tim Foote photoTim Foote matched $5,000
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MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card. *