The Missouri Western Student Excellence Fund is funding students that need to travel regionally for school to academic conferences, research and presenting papers. Students can be reimbursed for a maximum of 700 dollars per student.
Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director Jerry Pickman said one of the goals of SEF was to allow students experiences they may not have been able to afford it, as well as boost overall morale.
“I think it boosts confidence. I think it’s a big part of it. I think it’s a great way for someone to measure and to feel good about the education they’ve been attaining, for me it’s a lot of personal gratification involved there,” Pickman said.
Students can apply and receive a letter of recommendation from the instructor and an approval from the chairman from the department. The travel, lodging and registration fees are requested based on the amount of money.
Administration Associate Jenny Sherlock said SEF is helpful for students in the long run as it helps them gain experience that can used later on in the students’ careers.
Sherlock said students appreciate the funding because of the opportunities they have received.
“They give us thank you letters once they have attended, so they are always appreciative that they got to travel and speak to students in their field. So I think they have enjoyed it from what I can see.”