New Scholarship Supports Business Students with Rural Backgrounds

President Susan L. Thomas presents an award to Captain Norman Keith Motter (’60) and his wife Patricia Motter.

Captain Norman Keith Motter and his wife Patricia Motter have established a new scholarship for Truman students majoring in business and who also grew up on a rural Missouri farm.

Captain Motter graduated from Kirksville High School in 1956 and from Truman State University in 1960 with a degree in industrial arts education. He became a Naval aviator and went on to a long and distinguished career as a Captain with American Airlines. Originally from rural Adair County, he retains his roots in the area through management of the family farm on the Chariton River, which has been in his family more than 165 years.

Currently, Captain Motter continues to support students in the education program at Truman through a scholarship established in memory of his teacher mother, Anna Catherine Brown Motter (’34). Recently, he and wife Pat established the Captain Norman Keith Motter Endowed Scholarship to support Truman students with financial need, majoring in business, who grew up on a farm in rural Missouri. The scholarship may be renewable with satisfactory academic progress. This scholarship will honor Captain Motter’s rural Missouri upbringing and support students from farming families.

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