Veteran Makes Living and Legacy Gift
Pete Burchett recently joined the Clock Tower Society and also established the Harold "Pete" and Betty Burchett ROTC Scholarship Fund.
Pete, who lives in Dearborn, Missouri, served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. His first tour of duty was Bamberg, Germany, where he met his wife, Betty. He and Betty and their two children traveled all over the world for his military career, spending several years as a heavy weapons instructor at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
When he retired from the military, Pete returned to the Midwest and farmed in the Faucett, Missouri area for several years. Betty passed away in April 2015.
Pete said he wanted to establish a scholarship for ROTC cadets because he wanted to give back to the military that gave so much to him. With Missouri Western being the host school for the Pony Express Army Senior ROTC Program, the University was the obvious choice.
Pete, who recently remarried, set up the ROTC scholarship in May 2016, and he and his wife, Kathryn, plan to contribute $1,000 each month until it reaches the $10,000 endowment level. The scholarship will support ROTC cadets enrolled in Missouri Western's military science program.
Missouri Western is also listed as a beneficiary in Pete's estate. The Clock Tower Society is an honorary society of donors who have made the MWSU Foundation a beneficiary of their estate and financial planning.
"Missouri Western's students appreciate supporters like Mr. Burchett," say Kim Weddle '00, director of development. "By giving this blended gift, he is able to see the fruits of his gift in his lifetime and is assured his estate gift will guarantee his legacy will live on to help generations of students."
Open Doors of Opportunity
Like Pete Burchett, you can make a gift to support future generations of students at Missouri Western. Contact Kim Weddle at firstname.lastname@example.org and 816-271-5648 to learn more.