The late Jean & Charles
2010―Truman State University recently received a
$525,000 gift from the estate of Charles and Venita Jean
(Lancaster) Green. The couple’s generous legacy will be used
to create the Charles B. and Venita Jean Green Scholarship,
ranking it among the five largest endowed scholarships
established through the Truman State University Foundation.
Through their generous gift, the Greens
have ensured that students can follow a path similar to the
one that connected each of them to the University.
Charles was born on a farm near Downing,
Mo., while Jean grew up on a farm near Memphis, Mo. Both
attended Truman, and Jean earned a bachelor’s degree in 1964
followed by a master’s degree in 1968. After they married,
Charles and Jean lived near Downing before moving to the
Memphis area. Jean passed away in August 2004, and Charles
died five years later.
The couple’s strong ties to northeast
Missouri are reflected in their scholarship which is
designed to benefit students who graduate from public
schools in Scotland and Schuyler Counties. In addition to
helping students from northeast Missouri, the Charles B. and
Venita Jean Green Scholarship aims to help serious students
who might not otherwise be able to afford the opportunity to
pursue their education at Truman. As a highly selective
university, all Truman students are well-prepared, and in
accordance with the donors' wishes, the Charles B. and Venita
Jean Green Scholarship will assist students who rank in the
middle tier of the University's admission requirements.
This gift is part of Truman’s “Bright Minds
Bright Futures” campaign which has generated more than $21.7 million in
gifts and pledges as of July 2010.
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