Alumnus Entrepreneur Establishes College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship

Kansas City businessman Albert Gerecht liked helping others succeed

Albert Gerecht, B.A. ’52, established his business, The Tax Gallery in 1956, one mile from his alma mater. After earning his degree and meeting his wife, Doris, he led a bold life making friends, building his business and supporting the community. Upon his death he bequeathed $400,000 for merit-based scholarships to further his commitment to helping people help themselves. Continue reading “Alumnus Entrepreneur Establishes College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship”

Scholarship Honors Renowned UMKC Professor

The recent death of Henry R. Frankel, Ph.D., who was known as “Hank” to his friends, has left a void for those who knew him. Passionate and enthusiastic about his family, his research and his students during his 43-year career at UMKC, Frankel’s legacy will continue to enhance the university through a new scholarship.

“Hank Frankel is the most accomplished and influential scholar the philosophy department at UMKC has ever had,” says Bruce Bubacz, Ph.D., Frankel’s friend and colleague. “His extraordinarily complete and extensive research into the controversy over the acceptance of continental drift and plate tectonics must be examined and understood by anyone who is studying that subject.” Continue reading “Scholarship Honors Renowned UMKC Professor”

Scholarship Honors Emigrant Experience

Family with strong UMKC ties furthers future success

Doris Edelman fled Germany with her family when she was a teenager as violence began to build against Jewish citizens. She instilled the value of education into her three sons, Mark, Alan and Ron, who have established an endowed scholarship in her name. Continue reading “Scholarship Honors Emigrant Experience”

Nontraditional Engineering Alumnus Gives Back With a Scholarship

Jason Painter builds solid future for his family and future students

Jason Painter (BSME ’12) always liked school, and math was his strong point. But following high school graduation, he decided college wasn’t for him. He married his high school sweetheart and started working in residential construction. But after a few years, he began to reconsider his decision to forego a college degree. Continue reading “Nontraditional Engineering Alumnus Gives Back With a Scholarship”

Donors Strike a Chord with New Scholarships Honoring World-Renowned Faculty

Individual and foundation giving have common theme for UMKC Conservatory student success

Bobby Watson and Vinson Cole have been influential professors at the UMKC Conservatory in addition to being internationally recognized musicians. Continue reading “Donors Strike a Chord with New Scholarships Honoring World-Renowned Faculty”

Alumnus Commits Time, Resources Toward Future Success

by Patricia O’Dell

Todd Newton makes pledge and estate gift provision to support scholarship

UMKC was not Todd Newton’s initial choice for college, but as a transfer student he became an ardent advocate of the university. Newton, BA, ’88, recently completed his term as treasurer of the UMKC Alumni Association and has committed $25,000 to the College of Arts and Sciences and is establishing a planned gift to endow a scholarship in political science.

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Scholarship and Determination Lead to Success

by Patricia O’Dell

Ka Baw Say immigrated to the United States with his older brother and sister when he was 19 years old.  The Thomas and Theresa Sullivan Scholarship he received in 2018 enabled him to improve his education and his life.

“We wanted a good future,” says Say of him and his siblings.  “Our parents did not come with us.  They were worried, but they didn’t want to stop us.  They wanted us to have a good life.” Continue reading “Scholarship and Determination Lead to Success”

Memorial Scholarship Honors Hard Work and Focus

By Patricia O’Dell

When Karen and Don Loeffelholz’s daughter, Kristin, passed away in 1998, they made their first contribution to UMKC in her memory.

A few years later in 2001, they established the Kristin Jane Loeffelholz Memorial Scholarship in her name and have been contributing to it since.

The couple feels that providing these scholarships is the kind of lasting legacy that Kristin deserves.

“Kristin loved UMKC,” Don says. “She was her happiest when she was there.”

The Loeffelholzes developed the scholarship criteria based on Kristin’s personal experience. Recipients must be active in engineering activities, either Kansas, Missouri or Iowa residents, employed part-time and maintaining a C+ average or better.

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UMKC Trustees Scholars Program Prepares Student Scholars for Professional Life

By Shannan Henderson

UMKC is often referred to as Kansas City’s university because of the rich connections forged between the business and civic communities and the university. This is exemplified by the UMKC Trustees’ Scholar Program.

The Trustees’ Scholars Program brings the best students to UMKC campus and connects them with community sponsors. Through internships, mentoring and ongoing networking, the scholars develop strong relationships with Kansas City’s business and civic leaders. Continue reading “UMKC Trustees Scholars Program Prepares Student Scholars for Professional Life”