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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 5, 2002 - A Southeast Missouri State University student recently was awarded the Otto and Della Seabaugh Engineering Technology Endowed Scholarship.

Brandon Spitzmiller of Jackson, Mo., a senior majoring in manufacturing engineering technology, was named a recipient of the scholarship.

Otto and Della Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau are the donors of the scholarship, and the new Polytechnic Building at Southeast bears their names.

The Seabaughs established the scholarship in March 2001 to help young people who need financial assistance in completing their education. The Seabaugh Scholarship is for junior and senior level students who have a sincere desire to have a career in the engineering technology field. Scholarship awards are for a minimum of $1,500 per year and can be renewed upon reapplication. The recipients of this scholarship must be a graduate of Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Scott or Perry County schools and live in the county at the time the scholarship is granted. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and continue to major in engineering technology and make satisfactory progress towards their degree. Satisfactory progress will be verified by a scholarship committee in consultation with the chairperson of The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology.

Otto Seabaugh was born in Cape Girardeau and attended Southeast, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education in 1935. He received a master of education degree from the University of Missouri in 1936. He completed post-graduate studies at the University of Missouri, The Ohio State University and Washington University in St. Louis. His first five years of employment were spent as an instructor of secondary education, followed by employment with McDonnell-Douglas Corp, Ford Motor Corp. and Olin Corp. in St. Louis. He was employed by Olin Corp. from 1958 until his retirement in 1977. During that time, he held various administrative and supervisory positions of increasing responsibility. Retirement provided Mr. Seabaugh the opportunity and time to pursue a long and deep interest in genealogy of the Seabaugh lineage. He and his wife published a book From Seebach to Seabaugh 1123-1988.

Della (Sievers) Seabaugh was born in Jackson and graduated from Southeast in 1940, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education. She earned a master of arts degree from Iowa State University in 1942. She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Mrs. Seabaugh is a life member of the Phi Lambda Theta national education society. She taught for 43 years in the public school systems of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Connecticut until her retirement in 1977.


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