On the Cutting Edge
The minute Dena Eddleman got the email informing her she’d been selected as the first Flagship Scholar from Clark County, she danced around her apartment with her cat.
Then she called her mother. Eddleman, a senior hotel and restaurant management major at Mizzou, will receive $15,000 to cover tuition, books and other expenses for the 2008-09 school year.
To help make higher education attainable for more Missourians, the newly established Flagship Scholars program aims to provide at least one full-ride, four-year Mizzou scholarship to a student in every Missouri county as well as the city of St. Louis. The largely rural counties of Audrain, Caldwell and Marion have been selected for some of the first Flagship Scholarships, funded by gifts made to help launch the program for the coming school year. So far Clark County is the only county with a fully endowed scholarship.
Eddleman's scholarship was made possible by a Mizzou graduate close to home. On June 26, Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace announced that Clark County native and Mizzou alumnus Mark McAndrew and his wife, Stephanie McAndrew, would fully endow a Flagship Scholarship. The couple donated $1.4 million, a gift that, Wallace said, ensures a scholarship of up to $15,000 a year for as many as four students in perpetuity. McAndrew named the scholarship for his parents, Jack and Ladene McAndrew.
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