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Successful Scholar

MAA scholarship recipient finds success and gives back.

Kristen Koch Marshall

Kristen Koch Marshall, BS ’00, met her husband, James Marshall, BS ME ’00, at MU. From left: Emma, 3; Kristen; Jay; and James, 2 months. Photo by Creative Photo, Columbia.

Every year, the Mizzou Alumni Association awards scholarships to incoming freshman and returning students through the Alumni Scholars Program. For 2013–14, MAA gave nearly 375 students more than $441,000 in student scholarships, making the association the largest campus provider of scholarships. The deadline for 2014–15 scholarships is Feb. 1.

Kristen Koch Marshall, BS ’00, was one student who received a scholarship through the scholars program. In 1996, the New Haven, Mo., native was awarded $500 from the Franklin County alumni chapter, one of the many regional chapters that fundraise throughout the year to provide scholarships to local Mizzou students.

As the oldest of three, my parents were going to have kids in college for 12 straight years,” Marshall says. “Every little bit helped.”

Being from a small town, Marshall thought she’d find a home in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources studying agricultural journalism. She knew she’d made the right choice when during an Introduction to Journalism lecture, Professor Emeritus Don Ranly, PhD ’76, asked the ag journalism majors in the room to raise their hands and told the rest of the students in the room to look around.

‘They will have jobs when they graduate,’ ” Marshall recalls him saying to the rest of the students in the room. And he was right.

Marshall easily found a job postgraduation, and today she is an account manager at AgCall, an agricultural management and consulting company in Kansas City, Mo.

She is also the former president of the Kansas City alumni chapter and serves on the board of the Ag Alumni Association, CAFNR’s alumni organization. When Marshall is fundraising for the Alumni Scholars Program, she keeps her $500 MAA scholarship in the back of her mind.

That’s $500 I didn’t have when I woke up that morning,” she says. “These chapters are making a huge difference in the lives of students.”

This past year, the Kansas City chapter presented $50,000 in scholarships through the Alumni Scholars Program.

One of the highlights of Marshall’s 2012–13 presidency is completing the establishment of a need‐based scholarship for a Mizzou student living in the Kansas City area. The first $5,000 scholarship was presented in July 2013.

It was very emotional,” Marshall says. “That is going to help her. That is somebody who might not have been able to go to MU. To be able to help her achieve her dream of getting a world‐class education, it gives you goose bumps.”