MBF Scholarship Honors Retiring HLGU President Woodrow Burt
In December, 2011 the Missouri Baptist Foundation Trustees approved a grant of id=mce_marker200 to award a scholarship for a Hannibal-LaGrange University student majoring in business. The scholarship honors retiring HLGU President Woodrow Burt. Dr. Burt stepped down as President in May after 33 years of service to HLGU, culminating with an18 year tenure as president. The scholarship was presented at the HLGU Award Chapel on April 25 by MBF President Chris Calmer to Matthew Leach of Germantown Hills, IL. The scholarship grant comes from distributions of a fund set up by a Missouri Baptist lay person “to serve worthy individuals for the purpose of attending Baptist colleges, universities and seminaries.”
“MBF is pleased to continue to honor the legacy of a faithful Christian steward to support Christian higher education and to express our admiration and respect for the service that Dr. Burt has given to HLGU,” says MBF President Chris Calmer.
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GETTING TO KNOW MATTHEW LEACH
MBF: Tell us a little bit about yourself
Matthew: My name is Matthew Leach. I live in Germantown Hills, Illinois. I have three siblings: one older sister and brother, and a younger brother. My parents raised all of us in church from the time we were infants. Our current church, where we have attended for eighteen years, is the Bay View Baptist Church in Washington, Illinois. I have been encouraged from a young age to be active in athletics. I started playing basketball, baseball, and soccer at the age of five. In my early teens I gave up soccer and baseball to pursue my love for basketball, which I continue to play at Hannibal-LaGrange to this day. Also, I play golf to relax and get away from the fast-paced sports. While playing sports is always fun, my most favorite hobby is riding dirt bikes. Once I got my first dirt bike at the age of six, I have been an enthusiast ever since.
MBF: Why did you choose HLGU?
Matthew: The most important factor in attracting me to Hannibal-LaGrange was the atmosphere. Even on my first visit it was apparent that there was something different about HLGU. Of course, I expected the faculty to be excited and have nothing but praise for their school, but it was the student body and their attitudes that made the lasting impression. I had visited half a dozen schools or more by the time I came to see HLGU, and none of those schools had as an impressive group of kids attending them.
MBF: What is your major?
Matthew: I am a Business Administration major with an emphasis in Marketing. Also, I will be completing the requirements for a Management emphasis as well.
MBF: What do you hope to accomplish with your degree after college?
Matthew: Marketing is my passion. I would love to find a career in that field, especially as a marketing manager. Currently I am talking with Caterpillar and Menards about possibilities after graduation. Being from the Peoria, IL, area (the headquarters of Caterpillar), it has been a lifelong dream to work in their corporate office in any capacity. While I am still unsure about what is to come after graduation next May, I am confident that God will place me right where He wants me.