Missouri State announced what they called a “transformational” gift to the College of Arts and Letters.
The C.W. Titus Foundation is providing an eight-figure gift that will support scholarships for students in the college, and also funding for an art park.
The annual gifts provide $10,000 per student scholarships for the selected students. More than 60 MSU students will benefit from the scholarship.
“This gift makes a transformational statement as one of the largest in our university history,” Dean Shawn Wahl said in a statement. “Select students in all seven academic departments in the college will receive full-ride scholarships for many years. I can’t think of anything more exciting than a gift that shapes both personal and structural dreams. It removes economic barriers for students and helps the university build structures that foster student success. This gift makes our community stronger.”
The College of Arts and Letters is going to be renamed in honor of Judith Enyard Reynolds in recognition of the gift. The new art park will also bear her name, as the Judith Enyeart Reynolds Art Park, and will include a new, permanent amphitheater.
Tim Reynolds, a trustee of the C.W. Titus Foundation, and his wife Judy have been major supporters of Missouri State for many years.
“Tim and Judy have strong ties to Missouri State University,” MSU President Clif Smart said in a statement. “Judy was a member of our campus community for almost 30 years. And Tim is a graduate. For many years, the C.W. Titus Foundation has supported public radio and public television. The foundation has been a true partner in supporting public broadcasting in the Ozarks. We’re grateful for their continued support of the arts.”