Goppert Foundation makes $50,000 gift to support Missouri 4-H scholarships

Media contact:

Rachel Augustine
Missouri 4-H Foundation
Phone: 573-884-7641

Photo available for this release:

From left, Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee Nancy Coleman presented the 2015 Goppert Foundation 4-H Scholarship to Kaitlyn Zimmerman and Nicole Riddle at the foundation’s 2015 scholarship and awards banquet. Zimmerman, of Ray County, studies accounting and business management at Metropolitan Community College at Maple Woods. Riddle is from Saline County and is studying dietetics at Missouri State University.

Credit: Photo by Amanda Stapp

Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Goppert Foundation of Kansas City has made a $50,000 gift to the Missouri 4-H Foundation to grow the Goppert Foundation Endowed 4-H Scholarship Fund, which provides perpetual support for 4-H youth from 10 Missouri counties to attend college.

Since its establishment in 2012, the Goppert Foundation 4-H Scholarship Fund has provided more than $15,000 in college scholarships to 4-H youth from Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline counties. With this new gift, the fund has grown to more than $100,000, increasing the educational opportunities available to generations of future leaders.

“Donating to the Missouri 4-H Foundation is an investment in the education of our future community leaders,” said Billy Campbell, president of Goppert Financial Bank and director of the Goppert Foundation. “The children and young adults that participate in the many local 4-H programs embrace the traditional core values that are essential in today’s and tomorrow’s society.”

Through the Goppert Foundation 4-H Scholarship Fund, Missouri 4-H youth, who learn the importance of giving back to their communities very early in their 4-H involvement, continue to benefit from a family that also believes giving back is important.

“We are deeply appreciative of the Goppert Foundation’s decision to grow this scholarship fund,” said Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams. “At a time when the cost of higher education is more prohibitive than ever, this generous gift will make so much possible for young people who have worked hard to achieve the necessary skills to succeed in college and beyond.”

The Goppert Foundation was established in 1959 by Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist who believed in investing in the communities that supported his family’s banking business. The foundation has assisted civic groups, health care facilities and educational institutions, and has generously supported Missouri 4-H at the local and statewide levels.

About the Missouri 4-H Foundation

For more than 65 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been the resource development partner of the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing program funds, community service grants, higher education scholarships and volunteer recognition. MU Extension 4-H is a community of nearly 270,000 youths from across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.