COLUMBIA, Mo. – A bequest of $250,000 from Missouri 4-H supporter Everett Gallup will support college educations through the Dennis E. Gallup 4-H Memorial Scholarship at the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
Gallup, a former teacher, and his family established the scholarship in 1974 to honor Gallup’s son Dennis, who served as a 4-H youth development specialist in northeast Missouri prior to his death. Everett Gallup greatly valued higher education and felt that if scholarship recipients had “the right stuff,” they would finish school.
“One of the most satisfying things in life is being able to make a change in the life of a young person,” recalled Gallup before his death in 2009 at the age of 96. “My Aunt Jennie Burns gave me $700 to go to the teachers college for two years to earn a rural school teaching certificate. That act forever changed my life and that of my wife. This is why throughout our lives we never forgot how important it is to help a young person. That is why it was an easy decision for us to establish our 4-H scholarship.”
“My late husband, Dennis, loved working with the young people in the 4-H program and this scholarship in his memory has been a wonderful way to recognize the accomplishments of deserving 4-H students each year who want to continue their education,” said Vicki (Gallup) Jaynes.
The first scholarship was only a few hundred dollars, but that single 1975 scholarship grew to five to seven $1,000 scholarships every year, primarily through Gallup’s generosity. Accumulated gifts and contributions to be applied to the Gallup scholarship total more than $336,000 and are projected to fund at least four $2,500 scholarships annually.
“For more than three decades Everett and his wife, Wilna, were dedicated to supporting the mission of Missouri 4-H through the memory of their son Dennis,” said Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams. “Everett and Wilna were truly special people who made a difference for hundreds of young people, and their compassion for helping young people will live on through their legacy.”
Gallup was the 2009 recipient of the Missouri 4-H Foundation Nelson Trickey Bridge Builder award, presented annually to honor individuals and organizations that work to integrate positive youth development opportunities into local communities or across the state.
Incorporated in 1949, the Missouri 4-H Foundation secures and manages financial resources that support and expand the Missouri 4-H youth development programs. For more information, see 4h.missouri.edu/foundation.