Business students at Missouri State University now have more scholarship options available, thanks to a generous $1 million donation from Phillip (Phil) B. Roberts.
This gift to Missouri State’s College of Business establishes the Phil Roberts Scholarship Fund.
“A grateful heart gives back,” Brent Dunn, executive director of the MSU Foundation, said. “Phil Roberts fondly recalls his time at Missouri State and has passed down that love to his family. 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.”
About the scholarship
The Phil Roberts Scholarship will be awarded to about 22 business majors per year, in the amount of $2,000 each.
To qualify, a student must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in course work in the College of Business.
Preference will also be given to students demonstrating financial need.
After serving in the military, Roberts attended MSU through the GI Bill. He worked hard and graduated from MSU in 1950 with a degree in finance and general business.
Roberts shared his Bear pride with his three sons – Ralph, Ed and Ray Roberts – who went on to graduate from MSU as well.
Throughout his life, Roberts put his degree and leadership training to use as an entrepreneur, business owner and real estate investor.
Roberts, who resides in Independence, Missouri, established another MSU scholarship in 1983 in honor of Dr. Don Calame, a mentor of his. The Don Calame Student Fund has been awarded 152 times to 131 different students since it was created.