The Roger Sherman Scholarship was endowed at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center in Sikeston, Mo., and was established to assist students attending SAHEC.
SIKESTON, Mo., Oct. 4, 2006 – The Roger Sherman Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
Sherman, of Sikeston, Mo., was the first director of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center (SAHEC), beginning in 1998. He joined SAHEC after being employed by Sikeston Public Schools for 36 years. Bill Pridy and Robert Buchanan, two long-time friends of Sherman, arranged for the scholarship to be established to assist students attending SAHEC. They sent letters to family and friends, and gifts totaling $10,000 were collected to endow the scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at SAHEC who has financial need as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarship is renewable for a student who makes appropriate progress.
Buchanan, associate professor of educational administration and counseling at Southeast and former superintendent schools in Sikeston, said, "Roger was the first director of the Center. He realized more than anyone how valuable SAHEC would be for the area. He said from the beginning that students needed a place to achieve, and this Center would help plenty of people.”
Sherman graduated from Lilbourn High School in Lilbourn, Mo., in 1951. He received a bachelor of science in education degree from Southeast in 1958 and began working for Sikeston Public Schools in 1960 as a teacher and a coach. He earned a master's degree in education focusing on secondary administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1963 and became the principal of Sikeston High School in 1965. He was appointed director of secondary education in 1972 and received an education specialist degree from Southeast in 1979. He retired from Sikeston Public Schools in 1996.
"Roger has always been a role model," said Judy Buck, director of SAHEC. "He was always a caring and understanding person and always looked for the best in other people.”
Laura Sherman, his wife, said, "Education is his thing. He says all the time ‘Do all you can to help people' and he spends a lot of time doing just that. He always had a very special place in his heart for his students to have a better life.”
Sherman was nominated by the Sikeston Community Teachers Association for the Meritorious Service to Education Award in 1995, presented by the Missouri State Teachers Association of the Southeast District. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club in Sikeston, a board member of the Booster Club at Southeast Missouri State University, a member of the Southeast Alumni Association, and a member of St. Francis Xavier Church. In the past, Sherman has been a member of the United Way Committee, participated in Cub Scouts and managed junior and senior Babe Ruth teams.
Sherman said he is very honored that people would contribute this scholarship in his name.