Charity & Activism

KENNETT AREA HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

Website: http://www.semo.edu/kennett/index.htm


Activities: donations; auctions; Scholarship fund


The Sheryl Crow Scholarship was established in 1999 through the generosity of Sheryl Crow, a Kennett native and Grammy Award-winning artist. Each scholarship will pay the fees for one undergraduate or graduate class offered through KAHEC.

Applications for the Sheryl Crow #39 Foundation Scholarship are available at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) office. To apply, students must complete the application and provide a copy of their Student Aid Report received after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These forms take three to six weeks to process and are available at KAHEC and online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.


October 17, 2005

Thirteen Students Receive Endowed Scholarships at KAHEC

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Thirteen students recently were awarded endowed scholarships at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC).  Currently there are eight existing scholarships available for students attending KAHEC.

Raquel Brown, an elementary education major from Kennett, Mo., and April Franks, an elementary education major from Kennett, Mo., received the Sheryl Crow #39 Education Foundation Scholarship.  The scholarship was established by Sheryl Crow, a Kennett native and Grammy Award-winning artist.  It provides the fee for one undergraduate or graduate class offered through KAHEC.  Selection for the scholarship is based upon financial need and connection to the Kennett #39 School District, and recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

Danielle Brown, an early childhood education major from Hayti, Mo.; Christina Bellers, a general studies major from Piggott, Ark., Jennifer Hellebsuch, an elementary education major from Holcomb, Mo.; and Leticia Morton, an elementary education major from Steele, Mo., received the Kennett National Bank Scholarship.  The scholarship awards undergraduate or graduate students $500 each semester to attend classes at KAHEC.  Recipients must be residents of Dunklin or Pemiscot counties in Missouri or Clay County in Arkansas.  Applicants must submit along with their application a letter of introduction explaining their interests and needs for the scholarship.

Joni Brooks, a secondary education major from Kennett, Mo., received the McDonald’s of Kennett Scholarship.  The scholarship awards $2,000 for one academic year to full-time students who are employed with the McDonald’s of Kennett.  Recipients must be attending KAHEC and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.  Applicants must submit along with their application a letter of introduction explaining their interests and needs for the scholarship.

Jeremy Tidwell, an agriculture major from Bragg City, Mo., received the Harry Bazzell Scholarship.  The scholarship awards $250 for both fall and spring semesters to undergraduate or graduate students attending KAHEC.  Preference is given to employees or children of employees at Bazzell & Wilder; students from Dunklin, Pemiscot or Clay County; and students majoring in agriculture.  Applicants must submit along with their application a letter of introduction explaining their interests and needs for the scholarship.

Debra Haugh, an elementary education major from Cardwell, Mo., received the KAHEC General Endowment Scholarship.  The scholarship awards $250 for the fall and spring semesters to undergraduate or graduate students attending classes at KAHEC.  Recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average for renewal of the scholarship.  Applicants must submit along with their application a letter of introduction explaining their interests and needs for the scholarship.

Melanie Bishop, a social work major from Kennett, Mo.; Alissa Buchanan, an early childhood education major from Kennett, Mo.; Nancy Smith, a general studies major from Kennett, Mo.; and Heather Harris, an elementary education major from Kennett, Mo., received the Simcoke Family Scholarship.  The scholarship awards $700 for fall, spring and summer semesters to undergraduate and graduate students attending classes at KAHEC.  Recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average for renewal of the scholarship.  Applicants must submit along with their application a letter of introduction explaining their interests and needs for the scholarship.


March 11, 2005

Sheryl Crow Donates Gift to Scholarship Fund at Kennett Area Higher Education Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., —Sheryl Crow, a Kennett, Mo., native turned songwriter, guitarist and celebrity vocalist, recently received a significant donation from Lee and Elizabeth Ainslie of New York City, N.Y.  Mr. Ainslie, Managing Partner of Maverick Capital, Ltd., made the donation in honor of Crow at a private concert.

Crow demonstrated her generosity and commitment to her home region by giving the entire donation to the Sheryl Crow Kennett #39 Education Scholarship.  The scholarship, which is based on financial need, is for students who attend the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) and is an endowed scholarship through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.  It covers all incidental fees for a one semester class.  Students applying for the scholarship can be part time or full time, and must re-apply at the end of each semester.  The first scholarship was awarded in spring 2001.  Now in its fifth year, 63 individuals associated with the Kennett Public School system have received the scholarship.

“Sheryl is a great friend of KAHEC, and a positive inspiration for the students,” said Marsha Blanchard, director of KAHEC.  “Sheryl has proven that dreams can come true as long as you have the strength and determination to go after them.”

This was not the first time Crow demonstrated her generosity to education.  In fall 2003, Crow attended a private reception, and was the guest speaker at a largely attended annual fund-raising banquet. All the proceeds from both events benefited furnishings for the KAHEC building.

In December 2001, Crow performed an unplugged benefit concert at Southeast Missouri State University, with the proceeds going towards her endowed scholarship for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast and KAHEC.  During that same month, Southeast Missouri State University awarded her an honorary doctoral degree. Crow also performed a benefit concert in December 2000 at Southeast to support the same cause.

Crow has performed concerts in her Native Kennett to benefit students at KAHEC.  In September 1999, Crow performed a benefit concert at the American Legion Hall, with more than $25,000 in proceeds going to the Kennett Education Foundation.  Those dollars provided scholarships for students attending the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, and created the Sheryl Crow Kennett Area Higher Education Center Scholarship endowment.  In 1997, she performed a concert at the high school football stadium, with those proceeds also benefiting the Kennett Education Foundation and for scholarships for two other local civic organizations.

Crow is the daughter of Wendell and Bernice Crow of Kennett.  She learned to play the piano by age six and wrote her first song at age 13. 

She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with majors in music composition, performance and education.

She worked as an elementary school music teacher for children with special needs.  At the age of 23, Crow moved to Los Angeles, determined to be a professional musician, armed with a few thousand dollars in savings, a classical music degree and experience singing with a college band.  Her savings were soon depleted, but she found work as a backup singer for such talents as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson, earning respect and opportunities in the music world.  During the 1980s, she continued to write songs, some of which were recorded by other famous musicians.  Her own debut recording, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” released in 1993, displayed her gift of catchy lyrics and non-aggressive rock sound, and by 1995 had been certified as a 5x platinum LP.  Crow had become a star.

Since that time, songs by Crow have made the Top 10 lists, and she has received the top accolade in her profession, the Grammy Award, numerous times, beginning in 1995 with the Grammies for “Record of the Year,” “Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female” and “Best New Artist.”  She also has won a Grammy for her “Best Rock Album,” and in February 2002, she won her latest Grammy for “Best Rock Vocal Performance-Female,” her third in that category.  She has also won the Gibson Guitar Award as the Best Acoustic Guitarist-Female (2000).  Crow’s latest album is set to be released in early summer this year.

In the past, Crow, along with recording artist Nanci Griffith, has supported the work of the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, touring Vietnamese and Cambodian rehabilitation clinics, raising funds to curb the effects of landmines in the Third World and to provide rehabilitation services and artificial limbs for the victims of these explosive devices.


January 9, 2004

Recipients of Sheryl Crow Scholarships Recognized

KENNETT, Mo., Jan. 9, 2004 -- Recipients of the Kennett #39 Education Foundation Sheryl Crow Scholarship for the fall 2003 semester recently recognized at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC).

Recipients include Melissa Luye, an elementary education major, and Paige Crafton, also an elementary education major, both from Bragg City, Mo.; Kim Short, an elementary education major, and Perllean Turner, an education major, both from Kennett, Mo.; and Sherry Curtright, an information systems technology major from Gobler, Mo.

The Kennett #39 Education Foundation Sheryl Crow Scholarship was established in 1999 through the generosity of Sheryl Crow, a Kennett native and Grammy award winning artist. Each scholarship covers the fees for one undergraduate or graduate class offered through KAHEC.

Selection is based on financial need and connection to the Kennett No. 39 School District. Full- and part-time students are eligible for the scholarship, and prior recipients are considered for renewal providing they maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Several scholarships are awarded each semester.

Also recognized was Jessica Forys, an art major from Nashville, Ill., who is the 2003-2004 recipient of the Sheryl Crow Scholarship for the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University. Forys is pursuing a degree in the School of Visual and Performing Arts.


October 10 , 2003

Sheryl Crow to Speak at KAHEC 2003 Banquet Celebration Dec. 1

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

– Sheryl Crow, a Kennett, Mo., native turned songwriter, guitarist and celebrity vocalist, will speak at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center’s 2003 Banquet Celebration Dec. 1.

Crow will again return to Southeast Missouri to demonstrate her support for higher education.

“She is a big supporter of the Center (KAHEC) and education in general,” said Marsha Blanchard, director of KAHEC. “We are really excited about her coming. We are looking forward to a really nice evening.”

Blanchard said Crow will discuss her thoughts on education and the access to higher education that KAHEC has afforded residents of her hometown.

Bernice Crow of Kennett, Mo., mother of Sheryl Crow, said, “She was very pleased to be asked because she is enthusiastic about the campus here in Kennett. She thinks it is so important to the community.”

The banquet, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Kennett American Legion Building, is designed to raise funds to support the KAHEC Endowment Scholarship Fund and to finance the cost of furnishings in the new addition at the Kennett Center. KAHEC officials are expecting turnout to exceed 400.

“We are just finishing four new classrooms, and we need some furnishings in the science lab and furniture in the new traditional classroom,” Blanchard said.

At the start of the fall semester, the Kennett National Bank Student Center, interactive television classroom and a computer classroom were opened at KAHEC. Plans call for a new science lab and a traditional classroom to open at the start of the spring 2004 semester.

Blanchard said KAHEC has needed additional space as enrollment continues to grow. In fall 2000, KAHEC had 170 enrollments. That number grew to 506 in fall 2001 and to 600 in spring 2002. Enrollments then jumped to 731 in fall 2002 and to 922 enrollments this fall.

In addition to these enrollments, the center offers a number of non-credit courses that bring many more people into the building, Blanchard said. Computer courses; one-day seminars; and GED, Asset and C-BASE testing also bring many people through the doors of KAHEC, she added.

The theme of this year’s dinner is “Season for Giving,” and decorations will center around the upcoming holiday theme. Traveling Whisk of Kennett will cater the banquet dinner. Banquet sponsors are Baker Implement Co.; Robertson, Privett, Scherer and Collins; Peach Orchid Gin; First National Bank; Southern Bootheel Training Consortium; Emerson Motors; the Daily Dunklin Democrat; and Maco Construction.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling (573) 888-0513 or by stopping by KAHEC at 1230 First Street in Kennett. Checks should be made payable to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation or the Kennett Area Higher Education Center.

Crow has been a strong supporter of higher education in Southeast Missouri. She performed a benefit concert in Cape Girardeau and received an honorary doctoral degree from Southeast Missouri State University in December 2001. She also performed a benefit concert on campus in December 2000.

Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said that Crow’s commitment to her home region and to education for residents throughout the Heartland cannot be overstated.

“Sheryl’s generosity and talent are testimony to her strong hometown roots in Kennett and her understanding of the need to help other young people in this region pursue their dreams,” Dobbins said. “I would like to extend our thanks to Sheryl for agreeing to come back to speak at the banquet celebration in Kennett. Our students, both in Kennett and throughout the region, are the true beneficiaries of her generosity.”

Proceeds from Crow’s 2001 concert at Southeast were divided equally to support endowed scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University and at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. Proceeds from the Sheryl Crow Benefit Concert held in Cape Girardeau in December 2000 were distributed to the Kennett Area Higher Education Center Scholarship endowment and created the Sheryl Crow School of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship endowment to benefit students on the Cape Girardeau campus. To date, 36 students have benefited from these scholarships.

Crow previously has performed benefit concerts in Kennett. In September 1999, Crow performed a benefit concert at the American Legion Hall, with proceeds going to the Kennett #39 Education Foundation Sheryl Crow Scholarship. Those dollars provided scholarships for students attending the Kennett Area Higher Education Center and for the Kennett #39 Education Foundation Sheryl Crow Scholarship. In 1997, she performed a concert at the high school football stadium, with those proceeds also benefiting the Kennett #39 Education Foundation Sheryl Crow Scholarship and for scholarships for two other local civic organizations.

Crow is the daughter of Wendell and Bernice Crow of Kennett. She learned to play the piano by age six and wrote her first song at age 13. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with majors in music composition, performance and education.

She first worked as an elementary school music teacher for children with special needs, and, at the age of 23, moved to Los Angeles, determined to be a professional musician, armed with a few thousand dollars in savings, a classical music degree and experience singing with a college band. Her savings were soon depleted, but she found work as a backup singer for such talents as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson, earning respect and opportunities in the music world. During the 1980s, she continued to write songs, some of which were recorded by other famous musicians. Her own debut recording, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” released in 1993, displayed her gift of catchy lyrics and non-aggressive rock sound, and by 1995 had been certified as a 5x platinum LP. Crow had become a star.

Since that time, songs by Crow regularly have made the Top 10 lists, and she has received the top accolade in her profession, the Grammy Award, nine times, beginning in 1995 with Grammies for “Record of the Year,” “Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female” and “Best New Artist.” She also has won Grammies for “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Vocal Performance-Female” and has won the Gibson Guitar Award as the Best Acoustic Guitarist-Female (2000).

With another recording artist, Nanci Griffith, Crow has supported the work of the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, touring Vietnamese and Cambodian rehabilitation clinics for 11 days, raising funds to curb the effects of landmines in the Third World and to provide rehabilitation services and artificial limbs for the victims of these explosive devices.

While continuing her rigorous touring schedule, Crow has been putting the finishing touches on her greatest-hits album, The Best of Sheryl Crow, to be released on Nov. 4. She also just completed a cameo role in the upcoming Cole Porter biopic, De-Lovely.


November 14, 2001

‘SHERYL CROW UNPLUGGED’ BENEFIT CONCERT COMING TO SOUTHEAST DEC. 14

Proceeds to provide scholarships for School of Visual and Performing Arts, Kennett Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., - Sheryl Crow, a Kennett, Mo., native turned songwriter, guitarist and celebrity vocalist, will perform a Benefit Concert - Sheryl Crow Unplugged -- on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in Academic Auditorium at Southeast Missouri State University.

All proceeds from the concert will be divided equally to support endowed scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University and at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. The concert is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri State. Media partners for the event are KFVS12, the Southeast Missourian/Daily Dunklin Democrat, Withers Communication and Zimmer Radio Group.

In addition to the concert, University officials plan to present Crow with an honorary doctoral degree during commencement exercises planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Show Me Center Arena.

Crow returns to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University after performing a benefit concert here last December. This year’s unplugged concert will be a more intimate event with Crow at the forefront with support from a member of her band. This year’s concert will be held in Academic Auditorium, where seating availability is limited to 1,200. Last year’s concert was held in the Show Me Center.

Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “We are delighted that Sheryl Crow is coming back to perform here on our campus in December. Sheryl’s concert here last year was highly successful and those who attended were treated to an outstanding concert.”

Dobbins added that Crow’s commitment to her home region and to education for residents throughout the Heartland cannot be overstated.

“Sheryl’s generosity and talent are testimony to her strong hometown roots in Kennett and her understanding of the need to help other young people in this region pursue their dreams,” Dobbins said. “I would like to extend our thanks to Sheryl for agreeing to come back to Southeast Missouri State again to perform another benefit concert. Our students, both here and in Kennett, are the true beneficiaries of her sharing her talents.”

A limited number of patron tickets, which entitle ticket holders to preferred V.I.P. seating and a private reception after the concert, will be available. Sponsorship is available with a $200 contribution, $160 of which is tax deductible. Sponsor ticket holders will be seated in the first several rows in Academic Auditorium. Sponsors also will be entitled to meet Ms. Crow at the post-concert reception in the University Museum in Memorial Hall. Sponsor ticket holders also will receive reserved parking in Henderson Street Lot 35, north of Cheney Hall, with transportation to and from Academic Auditorium.

Concert tickets are $27 for the general public, $20 for Southeast students with an ID and $15 for December 2001 graduating seniors with an ID (one per graduate). Student ticket prices include the Student Activities Council Advantage discount. Parking will be available in lots along Henderson Street with free shuttle transportation to and from Academic Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. To order tickets or for ticket information, call the Show Me Center Box Office at (573) 651-5000 or go to http://www4.semo.edu/showmecenter.

The Sheryl Crow Benefit Concert held at Southeast last December raised a total of $48,000, which was distributed to the Kennett Area Higher Education Center Scholarship endowment and created a new Sheryl Crow School of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship endowment to benefit students on the Cape Girardeau campus.

Crow previously has performed benefit concerts in Kennett. In September 1999, Crow performed a benefit concert at the American Legion Hall, with more than $25,000 in proceeds going to the Kennett Education Foundation. Those dollars provided scholarships for students attending the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, which opened in June in a newly renovated facility, and created the Sheryl Crow Kennett Area Higher Education Center Scholarship endowment. In 1997, she performed a concert at the high school football stadium, with those proceeds also benefiting the Kennett Education Foundation and for scholarships for two other local civic organizations.

Crow is the daughter of Wendell and Bernice Crow of Kennett. She learned to play the piano by age six and wrote her first song at age 13. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with majors in music composition, performance and education.

She worked as an elementary school music teacher for children with special needs, and has said, “It’s amazing to see music work on little human beings who are otherwise unreachable.

They feel the vibration of a guitar, and they come alive.”

At the age of 23, Crow moved to Los Angeles, determined to be a professional musician, armed with a few thousand dollars in savings, a classical music degree and experience singing with a college band. Her savings were soon depleted, but she found work as a backup singer for such talents as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson, earning respect and opportunities in the music world. During the 1980s, she continued to write songs, some of which were recorded by other famous musicians. Her own debut recording, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” released in 1993, displayed her gift of catchy lyrics and non-aggressive rock sound, and by 1995 had been certified as a 5x platinum LP. Crow had become a star.

Since that time, songs by Crow regularly have made the Top 10 lists, and she has received the top accolade in her profession, the Grammy Award, numerous times, beginning in 1995 with Grammies for “Record of the Year,” “Best Pop Vocal Performance-Female” and “Best New Artist.” She also has won a Grammy for “Best Rock Album,” and in February 2001, she won her latest Grammy for “Best Rock Vocal Performance-Female,” her third in that category. She also has won the Gibson Guitar Award as the Best Acoustic Guitarist-Female (2000).

With another recording artist, Nanci Griffith, Crow has supported the work of the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, touring Vietnamese and Cambodian rehabilitation clinics for 11 days, raising funds to curb the effects of landmines in the Third World and to provide rehabilitation services and artificial limbs for the victims of these explosive devices.


November 27, 2000

EDUCATION, MUSIC CENTRAL TO CROW FAMILY

When Sheryl Crow takes center stage on Dec. 2 at the Show Me Center, students throughout Southeast Missouri will benefit.

Crow will be performing a concert to benefit education, a love near and dear to the heart of this Southeast Missouri celebrity. Proceeds from the concert will be divided equally to benefit endowed scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University and at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center.

As a former teacher, Crow knows the benefit of a good education. After receiving a degree in classical piano from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Crow went to work teaching music to K-6 and special education students at the Kellison Elementary School in Fenton, Mo., in the mid-1980s. There, she would work molding music students for some two years.

"It was a really delightful time for her," said Sheryl's mother Bernice Crow of Kennett, Mo. "She played and sang with the kids. She was a very traditional teacher."

Bernice Crow said Sheryl was delighted more than three years ago when, while performing in concert at The Fox in St. Louis, she heard a group of youths continually call out to her from the audience. By the end of the evening, she realized that several of her former Kellison students had come to see her perform. Now seniors in high school, the students were invited backstage to talk with their former music teacher after the performance.

On another occasion, Sheryl went back to Kellison School, while some of her former students were still studying there. Bernice Crow says it is interesting to watch Sheryl's immediate transformation back to her days as a school teacher when she meets young students.

"It is like she never left," her mother said.

The traditions of education and music began many years ago during Crow's growing up years in Kennett, Mo. Exposed to music all her life, Crow's parents, Bernice and Wendell, were amateur musicians who often played in big bands in the area. Her mother currently teaches private piano lessons and her father, a lawyer, plays trumpet.

Sheryl's sister Kathy Crow also was a teacher before turning her sights to music as well. Kathy Crow currently is employed by BMI in Nashville, Tenn., an agency that collects royalties for recording artists.

Sheryl's other sister, Karen Bowles, spent several years teaching in the classroom. Now she teaches private piano lessons and accompanies various music groups in Cape Girardeau.

"All of our family did performing," Bernice Crow said. "(Sheryl) always did a lot of performing. She enjoyed rock music." She started singing in rock groups at age 16 and, at the University of Missouri, played in a band called "Cashmere."

Following her stint in classroom teaching, Crow, in 1986, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music business. Her first big break was singing backup on Michael

Jackson's 1987-1988 "Bad Tour." She also was a backup singer for Don Henley, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart.

Her first album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," featured Crow's big hit, "All I Wanna Do." This became one of the major singles of 1994, reaching number two in the United States and number four in the United Kingdom.

A seven-time Grammy winner, Crow gained mass popularity as a solo artist almost a year after the release of her 1993 debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," which rose up the charts after Crow's appearance at Woodstock in 1994.

A 1996 follow-up album was equally as successful as the first. Crow spent much of 1997 and 1998 on the road, playing select dates on the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour and performing with the 1998 Lilith Fair. She released her third album, "The Globe Sessions," in the fall of 1998. The album was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Album.

Several of Sheryl's family members will be on hand Dec. 2 when she performs the benefit concert at the Show Me Center. Tickets currently are on sale for the concert scheduled for 7 p.m.

The concert is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri State. Media partners for the event are KFVS12, the Southeast Missourian and Zimmer Radio Group.

 


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