A recent donation to Missouri State University will provide a $2,000 scholarship to as many as 22 business majors each year.
Phillip “Phil” Roberts donated $1 million to establish a scholarship fund for the College of Business.
Brent Dunn, executive director of the MSU Foundation, said of the gift: “A grateful heart gives back.”
“Phil Roberts fondly recalls his time at Missouri State and has passed down that love to his family,” said Dunn, in a news release. “With this endowment, he guarantees more students can attend college that couldn’t otherwise and ensures that they aren’t unnecessarily burdened with student loans.”
Each year, the Phil Roberts Scholarship will be awarded to up to 22 business majors in the amount of $2,000 each.
To qualify, a student must earn a GPA of at least 3.0 in coursework in the MSU business courses. A preference will also be given to students demonstrating financial need.
Roberts served in the military and attended MSU through the GI Bill, graduated in 1950 with a degree in finance and general business. His three sons — Ralph, Ed and Ray — also graduated from MSU.
According to MSU, Roberts used his degree and leadership training as an entrepreneur, business owner and real estate investor. He lives in Independence.
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In 1983, Roberts established an MSU scholarship in honor of a mentor, Don Calame. The Don Calame Student Fund has been awarded 152 times to 131 different students since it was created.