About Us

St. Louis Cares Southeast Alumni

St. Louis Cares Southeast Alumni is an Affinity Group registered with the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation; a group formed for the specific purpose of assisting St. Louis youth who have a demonstrated financial need and a strong desire to attend Southeast Missouri State University.

This effort formalizes and builds upon a longstanding tradition between St. Louisans and Southeast Missouri State University, stretching five-decades.

For participating members, the group represents an opportunity to share a most highly valued experience with another St. Louis neighbor.



What Motivates Us

The St. Louis Cares: Southeast Alumni believe:

A significant, mutually beneficial, relationship between St. Louisans and Southeast Missouri State University has evolved over the past fifty-years resulting in an substantial number of St. Louis native graduates, with an unusual number returning to lead fully productive lives in St. Louis. The number of Southeast Missouri State University Alumni residing in St. Louis now approaches 20,000.

Members of St Louis Cares Southeast Alumni:

Highly value the fact that they can be counted as one of many thousands of St. Louisans who have graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a shared high-quality life experience.

Desire to:

  • Perpetuate and grow the relationship between the people of St. Louis and Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Share their highly valued education experience with other St. Louis youth with a demonstrated financial need.

  • Building Competence

    Initially known for the university's ability to develop educators, Southeast successfully competes regionally and nationally in business, agriculture, polytechnic, the visual and performing arts and many other academic disciplines.

    For our award recipients, it means that have been able to acquire an "equal-to-superior footing" within the St. Louis employment market and successfully compete for the careers for which they were trained.

    The net effect for the St. Louis community has been many decades of returning native St. Louisans with highly respected acadmeic credentials that has allowed them to thrive and prosper within their own native community.

  • Minimizing Long-Term Student Debt

    Long known for its affordability, Southeast provides St. Louisans with a quality "away" university experience, typically unattainable, at a similar price, elsewhere.

    In an age where higher education costs frequently translates into burdensome long-term debt, the costs of attending Southeast minimizes this pain. The relatively low cost of tuition and boarding, coupled with grants and loans, provides financial in-need St. Louisans with the opportunity to secure their education without mortgaging their future.

    Our award recipients are more likely to enter the workforce without the burden of sky-high student debt.

  • Peace of Mind

    Southeast is now considered the safest public institution of higher learning in the State of Missouri.

    With an almost non-existent on-campus crime rate, the university benefits from an observable "wholesomeness" of its student body noted by campus visitors.

    The result is a refreshing and nurturing environment for student's to emerge into adulthood.

  • Home Away from Home

    Historically positioned on a hilltop in Cape Girardeau, and now also nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, the campus is a mere 90-minutes from the heart of St. Louis.

    Having the left the St. Louis landscape, the brief trip appears to be a never-ending series of rolling hills, breathtaking views, punctuated by over-hanging limestone bluffs. The Cape Girardeau destination is equally appealing as an historical riverfront community.

    The close geographic proximity, yet sense of significant distance, allows Southeast Missouri State University to be become the student's Home Away from Home.

Alumni Board Members

1  Dr. Paul McKee, '57

1  Judy Beyers Leo, '65 '70

1  Rita Grisvard, '68

1  Gary Zide, '67

1  Loretta Mullins, '78

1  Scott Giles, '94


University Professor and Administrator, Retired

English/American Studies teacher, Teacher, School District of Clayton, Retired
Elementary School Teacher, Retired

Senior Staff Vice President, Home Builders Association of St. Louis, Retired
Real Estate Consultant


Alumni Board Members

1   Dr. Jim Simpson, '68

1   Robert Meyer, '74

1   Lynese Hoffman, '91

  1   George Perkinson, '68

1   Judy K Lamb, '67


Superintendent, Lindbergh School District

CEO and Managing Member, McMO Management, LLC

Owner, Common Ground Public Relations, Inc.

Director, Regulatory Relations, National General Insurance Companies, Retired
Senior Lecturer, Student Teaching Placement, Washington University