Scholarships available for top American Legion oratorical program participants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 20, 2017 — Drury University is offering a new scholarship program for Missouri students who participate at the highest levels of the American Legion High School Oratorical Program.

Students who place in the Top 2 at the Zone level will be eligible to receive, at minimum, a $13,000 American Legion Oratorical Scholarship to Drury University. The zone level is the final round before the statewide competition level; there are four zones in Missouri. Students compete at the high school, county, and district levels before moving to the zone level.

Since 1938, the American Legion High School Oratorical Program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.

“Drury is excited to partner with the American Legion to provide this scholarship opportunity for students,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management. “Our liberal arts tradition, and the fact that our debate team won a national title last year, makes Drury an excellent match for the kinds of students who do well in the American Legion Oratorical Program.”

Recipients must be eligible for admission to Drury University and admitted to the residential day school. The new Drury scholarship would replace any academic scholarships a student receives, unless the academic award is greater, at which point an additional $1,000 scholarship would be added for oratorical excellence. Students who receive a Drury American Legion Oratorical Scholarship are eligible to apply for debate scholarships at Drury as well. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years provided the student maintains good academic standing at Drury.

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Contact: Kevin Kropf, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management – (417) 873-7524 or

Seven foreign language students receive C.W. Titus Foundation Scholarships

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 18, 2017 — Seven Drury students have been selected to receive $2,000 scholarships from the C.W. Titus Foundation to study French over the summer at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. Each student will live with a French host family and must study 22.5 hours of French per week for four weeks.

Since 2008, the C.W. Titus Foundation has supported 60 Drury students studying foreign language abroad for a total of $135,000. This year’s recipients include Erica Cervantes, Charles Terrana, Lindsay Duede, Grace Elbon, Madeline Smith, Mallory Pinson, and Christina Faoro. The average GPA of the recipients is 3.8.

The students will talk about their experiences abroad during presentations next fall at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library as part of the library’s Travelogue series.

For more information about the Department of Languages and Literature visit:

Left to right: Erica Cervantes, Charles Terrana, Lindsay Duede, Grace Elbon, Michael Davison (center), Madeline Smith, and Mallory Pinson. Not pictured: Christina Faoro.

Left to right: Erica Cervantes, Charles Terrana, Lindsay Duede, Grace Elbon, Michael Davison (center), Madeline Smith, and Mallory Pinson. Not pictured: Christina Faoro.


Contact: Dr. Patrick Moser, Professor of French: (417) 873-6957 or

Drury student receives Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 16, 2015 — Drury student Masha Podokshik has received a $1,000 James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Podokshik, a junior communication major from St. Louis, is Drury’s first Alpha Lambda Delta scholarship recipient. She will be studying in Spain during the spring 2016 semester.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Founded in 1924, the society has inducted more than 1 million members in its 90-year history.


Drury University is committed to global learning and engagement. One in ten Drury undergraduates hails from outside the United States, and nearly 50 percent of undergraduate and graduate students study abroad. This summer, students are studying in China, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Drury Center in Aigina, Greece.

“The complementary nature of having so many American students returning from study abroad opportunities and being part of a truly international campus creates a multicultural learning environment,” says Drury President Dr. David Manuel.


Ceremony will honor $1 million donation from the late David Lewis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 25, 2014 —A bust of the late David Lewis will be unveiled tomorrow on the Drury campus to honor Lewis’ significant monetary donation to the University. Mr. Lewis was an ordinary man whose extraordinary donation created a scholarship endowment for Drury students from Stone and Taney counties.

A short ceremony and unveiling will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Bay Hall. Bay Hall is located at Central Street and Drury Lane. Parking for media is available along Drury Lane and Burnham Circle, or in Parking Lot 1. (Campus map)

Lewis’s gift to Drury totals more than $1.15 million, and is the seventh $1 million-plus scholarship endowment to be entrusted to Drury University in its 141-year history. There are currently four students at Drury who receive the Lewis Scholarship.

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About David Lewis

David Dean Lewis came from humble Ozarks beginnings. He was born in 1933 in Rockaway Beach and died in the Lewis family home near Lake Taneycomo in 2009. Lewis graduated from high school at the age of 16, attended Drury College on a scholarship, and joined the U.S. Army after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education in 1953.

Lewis was not a CEO, nor did he inherit large wealth. He earned his money working at Sears in Springfield for nearly 40 years, farming and raising cattle on the family homestead, and by investing and saving wisely.

Through his frugal living, he was able to posthumously leave more than $1 million each to three southwest Missouri colleges to fund scholarships to help students from the area where he grew up achieve their own educational goals. His family’s real estate, which borders pristine Bull Creek, was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation to be enjoyed by future generations for hiking, fishing and hunting.