Missouri State University and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks held a joint press event on Monday to announce a $12 million donation split evenly between the two organizations.
The donation comes from the estate of Linda Hale, a Missouri State alumna, who was involved in the real estate business along with raising cattle with her husband Larry, also a Missouri State graduate.
“Linda chose to leave the bulk of her estate to scholarships for MSU students because she and Larry were both grateful for the education they received at MSU. They credited their education for their success in life,” George Nichols, trustee for Linda Hale’s estate, said in a statement. “She was passionate about helping students attend Missouri State and obtain a college degree.”
Both MSU and CFO will use the funds to create scholarships for students in Barton and Vernon counties who wish to obtain degrees in agriculture. The donation is part of the Onward, Upward campaign for Missouri State.
“Scholarships are an essential part of making college affordable for students,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said in a statement. “We are grateful to Larry and Linda Hale and George Nichols. This gift will help students from Barton and Vernon counties afford a college education for generations to come.”
(Headline photo of Larry and Linda Hale courtesy MSU.)