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McClain Gift Makes Two New Scholarships Possible

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 2, 2010) – An estate gift from Regina Myers McClain, the largest private gift in the history of UCM, continues to benefit the campus by making possible two new scholarships. The scholarships were established through the UCM Foundation and will be offered through the Department of Nutrition in the UCM College of Health and Human Services.

The Regina Myers McClain Distinguished Scholarship establishes two $5,000 awards for juniors pursuing degrees in the field of dietetics and nutrition. The recipients will be selected this spring for awards provided during the 2010-2011 academic year. Criteria include active membership in the American Dietetic Association, the Student Dietetic Association, a minimum of 50 volunteer hours, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, minimum of 3.75 GPA in the student’s major, and demonstrated financial need.

The second scholarship will provide $1,000 awards for another eight students, who also will be selected this spring. The Regina Myers McClain Scholarship is available for students who are pursuing degrees in dietetics and nutrition, with preference given to students who are active in the Student Dietetic Association. Recipients must have at least 20 volunteer hours in nutrition-related services, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate financial need.

 “With these scholarships, our well-deserving students are presented incredible opportunities; I am confident Ms. McClain would be proud of how many students benefit from her extraordinary gift,”  said Lance Ratcliff, assistant professor of dietetics and nutrition.

Dirk Nelson, chair of the Department of Nutrition, stressed the importance of these scholarships, particularly as families struggle financially in today’s tough economy.

“It is no secret that the cost of education has continued to rise in the last 20 years, and it is becoming more difficult for students, particularly those from low- and moderate-income families, to attend college,” he said.

He believes the Regina Myers McClain Scholarship and the Regina Myers McClain Distinguished Scholarship increase the likelihood of students coming to UCM to pursue baccalaureate degrees in dietetics and persisting until graduation in order to attain their intellectual and professional goals.

McClain, who graduated from UCM in 1935 with an English degree, resided in Rolling Hills, CA, prior to her death in 2001. The former Lee’s Summit resident devoted most of her life to teaching and spent many years after World War II living and working in Europe, where she became an astute businesswoman. When she returned to the United States to live in southern California, she taught at Los Angeles Harbor Community College and invested in a number of properties, which were bequeathed to UCM.

A portion of the funds from her estate also is helping with the renovation of the Morrow-Garrison buildings, which, when completed, will house the Department of Nutrition.

The scholarship deadline for students who want to apply for either of these new awards is March 1. Selections will be made by May 15. Applications are available online or from the Department of Nutrition, Humphreys 216, Warrensburg, MO 64093.