MSU Receives $22 million in Grants for 2014 FY

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Nadia Cavner serves as president of investment services firm Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri. Outside of her work as a financial services provider, she supports the Our Promise Campaign at Missouri State University.

The Our Promise Campaign began with the goal of raising $125 million on behalf of Missouri State University (MSU). To date, the campaign has surpassed that objective by more than $40 million. During the 2014 fiscal year, the university enjoyed a nine percent increase in total grants received by faculty and staff. Nearly 300 individual grants provided the school with a combined $22 million, according to the MSU Office of Research and Administration. About $8.6 million came from federal agencies, while an additional $4.9 million was provided by state agencies.

Grant money like the funds raised by the Our Promise Campaign is used to improve the university in a variety of ways. A number of faculty members use grant funding to participate in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The DESE frequently sends MSU faculty members to other schools in order to assist in teacher training programs.

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Reasons for Supporting Missouri State University

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Nadia Cavner presently serves the Nadia Cavner Group as president. When she is not overseeing business matters with the group, she works with the Our Promise campaign at Missouri State University.

Missouri State University’s Our Promise campaign was established with a goal of raising $125 million for the college. To date, more than 73,000 donors have accounted for nearly $170 million in contributions. Our Promise encourages individuals to support the university for a number of reasons, such as the enhancement of the school’s global reputation. When universities are ranked by national and international publications, charitable donation percentages are taken into account. By donating to Missouri State University, supporters improve the school’s ranking and attract new students.

By supporting the university, donors are also sponsoring the future generation of leaders. In the past, Missouri State University was responsible for almost 70% of its operating budget. Thanks to donations, the school is only responsible for 38%, allowing additional funds to go to education, art, and science programs. Students who graduate from these programs go on to improve the global community and influence the lives of younger individuals.

Missouri State University Scholarships Support Incoming Freshman

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In addition to serving as president of the Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri, Nadia Cavner volunteers with a number of organizations in the community. As a board member of Missouri State University’s Our Promise Campaign, Ms. Cavner contributed to MSU’s efforts to support its incoming freshmen with a variety of scholarships.

MSU offers 16 scholarships to incoming freshmen, including the A+ Recognition Scholarship, the Missouri State Promise Scholarship, and the Missouri State Advantage Scholarship. Two of the most notable scholarships are the Presidential and University Scholarships.

Each freshman class is allotted 35 Presidential Scholarships, each of which has a total value of $50,000 over a four-year period. Awarded on the basis of exceptional academic performance during high school, the Presidential Scholarship is only available to students who finished in the top 10 percent of their class, or who accumulated at least a 3.9 grade point average. In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students must perform community service around the campus and maintain a 3.6 GPA.

Students who interview for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the University Scholarship, which provides up to 35 freshmen with $5,000 each year toward tuition and fees, plus $2,000 for on-campus housing in their freshman and sophomore years.