On December 3, MMA will kick off the 2019-20 Annual Campaign — “Every Year, Every Cadet Stronger” — on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving where millions pay it forward to support the causes that matter to them. On Giving Tuesday, MMA is asking for your support for our cadets and the Academy. Will you make a gift or a pledge and make a positive difference?
Make a Gift
Behind every great institution stands a legacy of leadership, support and generosity. Trustees, faculty, alumni, parents and friends inherit a responsibility to ensure their institution has the means to accomplish its mission and pursue new avenues of greatness. The Development office exists to raise funds that benefit Missouri Military Academy and secure its future for generations.
Email the Office of Development regarding how you would like to help support these and other Missouri Military Academy initiatives.
Current Fundraising Priorities
To sustain our commitment to producing well-educated, well-prepared gentlemen of character, MMA relies on support through donations to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is a significant part of our yearly operating budget. Tuition does not cover the entire cost to educate one of our cadets. It is through this fund that we help support our academic, sports, and music programs. When you support the Annual Fund you may be purchasing a trumpet, enabling a cadet to go on a field trip, or buying art and science supplies for a young man who will someday learn to do the same for his Alma Mater.
A growing number of student applicants require significant financial aid in order to attend, which requires more support for the Annual Fund. Unrestricted Annual Fund donations help to underwrite the tuition support that is granted to students. In addition, MMA has created a Named Annual Grant Program that makes it possible for alumni and friends to support students in need. Through the Annual Grant, donors are asked to contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year for three consecutive years. The donor will be made aware of their student's name and can share in their success at MMA – certainly one of the most rewarding giving opportunities available!
Donors who wish to make a significant contribution can establish an endowed grant, which will provide long-term support for a deserving young man. Donors may work with the development team to develop award parameters and to identify a particular type of student or interest.
Cadet Life Programs
The current cadet life focus is to create more opportunities for cadets to experience the outdoors, whether back campus or at nearby wildlife areas. The boys have attended camp-outs and participated in adventurous team-building exercises both on and off campus and have found them to be a rewarding, fun experience. The cadets are also participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and the Boy Scouts, two programs that encourage discovering new interests, a healthy outlook, exercise, and resourcefulness.
To ensure the success of the Cadet Life programs the school needs additional equipment and supplies to make these activities available to more boys. Some of the items include new tents for camping, backpacks for hiking, camping stoves, mountain bikes, DSLR cameras for the yearbook club, fencing kits, etc.
MMA has made it a priority to replace our aging fleet of commercial vehicles. In the last two years, we have replaced two buses and one 15-passenger van, however, only one is equipped with modern safety features such as side curtain airbags. We are currently raising funds to purchase a new fleet of passenger vans, which are approximately $25,000 each.
The following items are desired by the Academic department:
Accelerated Reading Program | $3,000
Workshop on the Socratic Method | $2,500
Additions to the Great Books Library | $500
The Academy would like to establish a permanent art gallery in Barnard Hall which would feature rotating exhibits that explain the artistic theory. The funds would set up the gallery space and also fund new display boards for the art show.
Art Gallery Project | $3,500
As part of our strategic initiative to invest in our music and band programs, the following items are needed:
Electric Keyboards (2) | $6,000 each
Upright Studio Pianos (2) | $1,200 each
Maintenance and Grounds
Replace Roof on Delta Company Barracks | $40,000
Replace/repair Roof on Gym Mezzanine | $40,000
Small Vehicle Lift for Gym Stage | $8,000
Senior Fountain Project | $15,000
- Annual Fund Campaign
- 1889 Scholarship Fund
- Col. Stribling Memorial Fund
- Gold Dome Society
- Buy a Brick Campaign
- Memorial Chapel Campaign
- ’84 Challenge Campaign
- Planned Gifts
- Recognition Societies
Annual Fund Annual Fund gifts are the first and most important gifts that Missouri Military Academy requests of our parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends because they directly support the day-to-day operation of the school.
“Giving is a way to show my gratitude and friendship to those who made and continue to make me the person that I am - committed and loyal toward my family and to the things that I believe in." Paul Petit '82
Annual Fund contributions are a vital part of MMA’s annual operating budget. The cost to educate a cadet is not covered by tuition alone. To achieve the objectives set forth in our strategic plan, MMA must commit additional resources to our annual operating budget. Annual contributions are an integral part of that effort, providing vital budgetary support beyond tuition.
Annual Fund dollars support every aspect of the Academy including:
- Faculty and staff salaries
- Facilities and maintenance
- In-classroom technology
- Library books and research materials
- Extracurricular and athletics programs
- Professional development opportunities
Annual fund gifts range from $25 to $25,000 or more, but participation is what is most important. Gifts of any amount help us reach our annual goal.
Email the Office of Development with questions about how you can help support Missouri Military Academy.
Grant support for cadets is a growing need. Together, the MMA family can add $50,000 or more every year to support MMA cadet grants.
By supporting the MMA 1889 Scholarship Fund, you make a lasting impact on the lives of young men with a simple monthly gift.
Please consider a recurring monthly gift of $18.89 using your credit card, for an annual commitment of $226.68.
To make your 1889 grant commitment and support cadet scholarships, click here.
Your credit card will be charged $18.89 per month (tax deductible). Credit card transactions will be processed 30 days after the initial recurring gift and may be cancelled at any time.
The MMA Alumni Association has teamed up with the MMA Alumni & Development office to create funds that honor Colonel Charles R. Stribling III, our former president, chairman of the board, teacher, mentor, alumnus and friend. We need the help and participation of alumni, parents, academy employees and friends to create this magnificent tribute.
A life-sized bronze statue of Col. Stribling will be created by artist Javier Campuzano ’82, and will be prominently placed near Senior Walk. The cost for the materials of the statue has been generously donated by Phil Baum ’63. This statue will forever memorialize the man who dedicated the majority of his life to, and who was the very foundation of, our beloved Academy.
The foundation of this statue will be a 3’x3’ pedestal made of fine granite. Here’s where the Alumni Association needs your help: Donors who give $1,000 will get their name engraved on the granite base, Donors who give $500 will get their name engraved on a reflection bench that will be placed near the statue, and Donors who give $250 will get their name engraved on a memorial brick that will be placed around the base of the statue and bench area.
After expenses, all proceeds from the granite base, bench, and memorial bricks will support the Stribling Scholars Endowment Fund, a perpetual grant designed to benefit those cadets with superior academic achievements, who also embody the spirit set forth during Col. Stribling’s tenure as president – soldier, scholar, and gentlemen.
Another way to honor the Colonel is by donating to a project that was near and dear to his heart – the Memorial Chapel Campaign. This addition to the MMA campus was completed during the first year of Col. Stribling’s presidency at MMA, 1963. The Chapel was dedicated to the memory of those cadets who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. A complete renovation has been done and funds are still needed to cover these expenses. There are small pews available for $2,500 each, and large pews for $5,000 each. These can be sponsored by individuals or by collective class donations. Donors during this Col. Stribling fundraising campaign will be recognized on a special gold nameplate placed at the end of the pew, differentiating from the silver nameplates that donors have been engraved on during the past couple of years.
In good times and bad Colonel Charles R. Stribling, III held us together and taught thousands of alumni how to be soldiers, scholars, and gentlemen. Because of Col. Stribling’s dedication to us, we created these opportunities for you to honor him, and help the academy that he loved so much. Please join us by helping fund the Stribling Scholars Endowment Fund by donating to the base for the statue, the reflection bench, a memorial brick, or by supporting the Chapel Fund.
Few buildings in the state of Missouri boast a gold dome. When Missouri Military Academy reconstructed Stribling Hall in 2012 the existing dome was replaced with a new gold dome.
Alumni, parents and friends can be part of the new Stribling Hall by joining the Gold Dome Society. Your tax-deductible gift of $1,000 or more determines eligibility. If you can’t make a $1,000 contribution outright, you can spread your pledge over time up to three years. Indicate your choice on the pledge form or discuss payment options with the Office of Development.
The names of Gold Dome Society donors are prominently displayed in the atrium of the Stribling Hall dome. Society members also receive a commemorative crystal memento custom designed to include the image of the gold dome.
Gold Dome Society Members
Federico Acebal ‘95
Robert ’49 & Helen Albright
Phillip C. Andrews ‘81
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Antoniou
Kenneth K. Baker Jr.
Edsel & Dawn Baker
Leslie ’48 & Joanne Barnard
Mark & Mona Beatty
Wally Beckley ‘48
Fred & Tracy Belton
Joseph B. Bonney ’40
MAJ & Mrs. Richards Boyce
Thomas & Elizabeth Bridge
Cassandra & Madeline Brooks
Jeffrey & Jane Brummet
Jose L. Cantu Saldivar
Randel & Patricia Cardott
Albert B. Chance ’71
HyunJun Choi ’15
Eui Jeong Chung ’12
In Memory of George T. Cline, Jr. ’46
Richard Cooper ’82
In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Creasey & daughter, Rosemary
Dana ’69 & Nancy Dabney
Michael B. Dalton ’59
Daniel J. Davis ’71
Dean ’78 & Patricia Davison & Family
George F. ’68 & Patricia L. Davison
Dennis & Kathy Diederich
John Dillon '13
Phillip and Cassaundra Dunbridge
Kristen & Jim Edmonston ’72
Jason Falbo-Gwinn ’88
Robert M. & Helen B. Fenlon
Maj Gen & Mrs. R.M. Flanagan
Charles L. Foley ’53
Dan & Becky Fowler
Rick Frahm ’71
Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell Anders Frederickson ’01
Trent & Robin Frohock
John & Carol Gallaher
Jose E. Garcia ’78
LTC(R) Paul E. Gillette ’70
Kevin D. Gregory ‘73
David Gwinn ’56
Larry ’74 & Christine Harrod
Macy D. Helm
Todd Helm ’80
Richard Heriford ’71
Jack K. Heutel III
1SG Randal & Lena Jacobson
Adam & Kristie Johnson
In loving Memory of Phelma Keith Jones
Ben Jones ’50
In Fond Memory of Alfred Ben Jones
In Fond Memory of Elizabeth Curry Jones
John Josendale ’72
Ronald & Susan Kelly
Randall T. Kelly ’89
Mr. & Mrs. R. Stribling Koster
In Memory of Col. Derrill S. Kuhlman
Mr. Zhaosheng Li
Terry Logue ’72
Yushuo Lu ’14
Renè ’50 & Barbara Maleś
Robert Jr. ’63 & Betty Manche
Frank and Mary Matthews & Eoghan Matthews '13
Major Lawrence A. & Joanna Z. McClarey
President Charles A. & Joy McGeorge
Lt. Col.(R) Jim & Sherry Medley
Jose Mejia, Carlota Latofski & Jose Mejia '16
2011-2012 MMA Alumni Association Board of Directors
Class of 1970
Class of 1971
Mitchell ’82 & Mam Moffitt
Greg & Bev Morton
John C. Mosby III ’49
Chris ’71 & Debbie Naeter
In Memory of CW2 Tommy F. Noel -The Noel Family
Nicholas C. O’Neil
Bruce & Nancy Oliver
Dr. Zack & Regina Parr, Zack ’14 & Collin ’18
Paul & Veronica Petit
Mike Porter ’71
COL Dana, Peggy and Keith Reynard
Thomas M. Reynolds ’61
Sandra K. Riutcel
Michele & Derek ’15 Ryan
LTC(R) Ralph E. “Butch” Saner, Jr. ’71
Chaplain & Mrs. Randall Sawyer
Chris ’89 & Jeni Schafer
LTC Tim A. Scherrer
LTC Gregory & Mary Seibert
William W. Sims ’60
Greg & Christine Smith
Gary ’72 & Dee Stewart
Raymond ’71 & Debbie Stotlar
Mr. & Mrs. C. R. Stribling III ’44
Mrs. Renae D. Stumpe
SGM Henry Suddarth
Tom & Leslie Teague
Gregory ’71 & Cindy Temple
Rik & Nellie Thornton
John L. ’64 & Linda F. Unnerstall
Donald ’54 & Moira Vaughn
Ben M. Veldkamp III ’75
Stephen Allen White ’88
Jerry ’63 & Regina Witts
Larry & Chu Woolery, Nick ’11 & Chris ’13 Helverson
Lawrence Wylie ’88
Jesse Zimmerman ’12
Memorialize your time at Missouri Military Academy as you benefit scholarships for today's cadets with a personalized brick on the historic Senior Walk.
For nearly a decade, alumni and friends have had the opportunity to leave a legacy on the Missouri Military Academy campus through our "Buy a Brick" campaign - if you don't have your name on campus yet, this is a great way to be part of history!
By making a donation of $250 or more your name and information will be inscribed on a brick and laid in the Senior Walk on the front campus of MMA. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to Missouri Military Academy cadets who demonstrate financial need. Click the button below to order and submit payment for your brick.
If you would prefer to make a donation to the Academy without purchasing a brick, your contribution would be very appreciated so show your support to Missouri Military Academy by making a generous donation today!
The Assembly Hall
Cadets and their families come to Missouri Military Academy with high expectations for the facilities, technology, and amenities available at a private boarding school. Our campus plan has addressed this expectation with the construction and enhancement of our academic and administrative facilities. We will soon upgrade our athletic facilities and playing fields, however, there is a present need to provide improved programs and space for cadet entertainment and large group lectures. The Assembly Hall presents an opportunity to create such a space.
Cadets from the latter half of the 20th century remember the Assembly Hall as the site of JROTC classes, exam days and movie nights. As this current photo illustrates, the facility is currently in need of renovation. Our current plan is to update this area with new flooring, paint and wall treatments, rollout windows and HVAC upgrades. Beyond that, the space will be enhanced to create a space outfitted with commercial quality seating, sound, and lighting to allow the Academy to host movie nights and guest speaker events.
Memorial Chapel Renovation
Work began in 2014 with the stripping away of old paint and finish. Original craftsmanship and beautiful woodwork began to shine through. A year of hard work resulted in a transformation from a dated appearance to a warmer, traditional atmosphere. Updated paint, gilding, wood refinishing and new flooring have brought the Memorial Chapel back to its original glory. Additional touches have enhanced the space to reflect its original purpose and mundane structural and environmental details have also been addressed to enhance the worship experience. Landscaping and paint give the exterior a fresh look.
A $5,000 kick-off gift from the MMA Alumni Association toward the renovation of the 55-year-old Memorial Chapel & Assembly Hall made on October 6, 2015 has now grown to a total of $218,022 in gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations! This represents nearly 70% of $350,000 overall funding goal for the project as gifts and commitments continue to be made every week. A special $100,000 gift challenge by the Alumni Association to encourage all alumni to support the effort has garnered $94,345 of the total gifts and pledges received! Under the leadership of Jeff Kays ’84, Alumni Association Board President, class agents are working with members of their classes and decades to reconnect and engage in commitments to fund naming opportunities in the updated facility. The MMA “Centennial Class” of 1989, led by Chris Schafer, and the Class of ’71, led by Greg Temple, each has launched special challenge efforts within the larger alumni challenge campaign.
Work in the Memorial Chapel continued this past school year to add special gilded eagle wall bases and sets of flags representing MMA and each branch of the U. S. military, and an eternal memorial flame has also been included in the altar area. Gifts of all amounts are still encouraged toward the overall Memorial Chapel renovation fund, and naming gifts are still available for small and large Chapel pews and three remaining flag sets.
Excitement is building toward the completion of the Assembly Hall renovation. The old space has been completely gutted and the old paint, ceiling tiles, windows and air-conditioning units and wood and steel desk chairs have been removed. The rejuvenated Assembly Hall will become a fully-functioning movie theater, complete with padded seating for 140 cadets and guests funded by the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation, digital projection, and sound funded in part by the Miriam Arnold Edmonston Foundation, central room controls, and new paint, windows and ceiling upgrades. MMA’s goal is to have work on the Assembly Hall completed and ready for cadet use in the fall of 2016.
Special thanks are due to the William T. Kemper Foundation and Commerce Bancshares Foundation, who combined to make a $50,000 grant in support of the Assembly Hall project. Contact Kevin M. Quinn, Director of Development, for more information on making gifts and available naming components.
We Shall Always Remember
As World War II raged on in faraway lands, the cadets enrolled in the relatively safe enclave of Missouri Military Academy felt the waves of war lapping at their feet. The news of brothers killed in action inspired the MMA community to build a memorial to these young men who would never come home. This would be a place of tranquility and reflection, a symbol of peace and reverence in the midst of a world in chaos.
So began the first Memorial Chapel campaign, as members of each graduating class raised funds to build a chapel remembering those who gave their lives so that “The American Way of Life Might Survive.” In 1961, their dreams and efforts were realized as the Academy dedicated the Chapel to “classmates of mine and of yours who marched from this campus to war and gave the last full measure of devotion to their country.”
In 2014, during the Academy’s 125th anniversary year, MMA began a renovation of the Memorial Chapel when half a century of use began to take a toll on the structure. The goal was not only to revive the space, but to enhance it, and to build upon the legacy begun by MMA brothers more than 60 years before. The Academy has set a goal of $300,000 in gift support to underwrite the cost of renovating this critical component of our 360˚ Education.
The Society of St. George
The Missouri Military Academy Memorial Chapel and Assembly Hall facility was dedicated in 1961 in honor and memory of MMA cadets who gave their lives in combat against tyranny – they “marched from this campus to war and gave the last full measure of devotion to their country.” In years to follow, the facility has also served in memory of first responders who lost their lives in dedicated service to save others.
The Missouri Military Academy Society of St. George is dedicated to the perpetuation and support of the programs, services and facilities of the Memorial Chapel and Assembly Hall that honors these young men. Inaugurated in 2016 as part of a $350,000 fundraising campaign to renovate the facility, The Society of St. George recognizes loyal MMA alumni, friends of the academy, community groups and corporations and foundations who provide gift support at $2,500 or more toward enhancing chapel and assembly hall programs and facilities. Funds donated beyond the total cost to renovate the facilities will be directed toward ongoing program development and facilities beautification and maintenance for the future. New members will be publically recognized with an appropriate inscription in the facility.
St. George, known best for the legend of the dragon-slaying, is regarded as one of the most prominent military saints and one of the most revered saints in all of Christianity. George was a soldier in the Roman army, the son of a prominent army official of the day and mother who were both devout Christians. George was an exceptional soldier, rising to the rank of Centurion in command of 100 soldiers in the Guard of Emperor Diocletian. George had espoused his parents’ Christian faith and, upon an edict by Diocletian that all Roman soldiers should renounce Christianity and offer sacrifices to the Roman gods, refused to recant his beliefs. Diocletian sentenced George to severe torture and death for failure to renounce the Christian God, and surrender to pagan practices of sacrifice to Rome. George, who loudly-proclaimed his faith in God while heading to the executioner’s ax, was beheaded in approximately AD 303.
In his canonization of George into sainthood in AD 491, Pope Gelasius I considered George among those “whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God.” St. George is venerated throughout the Christian world and among many Middle Eastern Muslims, from Egypt to Asia Minor. Patronages honoring St. George have been established worldwide. He is the patron saint of England, where the Georgian Cross is the basis for the national flag. Patronages are also established in Malta and Gozo, Portugal, Lebanon, Russia, Georgia, and Bulgaria.
It is an honor and privilege to induct Missouri Military Academy alumni and friends into The Society of St. George for steadfast support of the memory of our fallen heroes.
Memorial Chapel/Assembly Hall Campaign Component Cost Structure
As of October 2015
Phase I: Chapel Interior
$ 32,000 | Interior Painting
$ 23,000 | Interior Flooring
$ 18,000 | Flags and Eagle Bases
$ 15,000 | Improved Lighting
$ 15,000 | Environmental Improvements
$ 9,000 |Carved MMA Seal
$ 5,000 | Full-Length Pew (@ 35)
$ 2,500 | Small Pew (@ 22)
$ 1,000 | Memorial Eternal Flame
Phase II: Chapel Exterior
$ 13,000 | Exterior Painting
$ 5,000 | Landscaping
$ 5,000 | Window Treatments
$ 27,000 | Structural Improvements/Labor
Phase III: Assembly Hall
$ 35,000 | Sound and Projection
$ 20,000 | Theater Lighting
$ 20,000 | Entrance Awning
$ 15,000 | Updated Flooring
$ 15,000 | Acoustical Ceiling
$ 5,000 | Window Treatment
$ 1,000 | Blackout Curtains
$ 6,000 | Site Preparation
Please consider a generous gift to MMA in support of this “Extraordinary Cause!”
“No son shall forget thy name.” We remember this phrase with fond memories, brotherhood and honor.
“Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh; shadows of the evening steal across the sky.” It’s another verse that brings back reflection and peace.
The Memorial Chapel and Assembly Hall is one of the last remaining original buildings on campus. Let’s help keep it in its original state with needed upgrades. The Alumni Association has raised $65,000 of the $100,000 needed to reach our pledge goal.
The Class of ’84 has pledged and raised $5,000 with an additional $1,000 being pledged this year for a total of $6,000. The Classes of ’88 and ’97 have accepted the challenge as of Homecoming 2018. Is your class next? Contact your class agent for more details.
The Memorial Chapel and Assembly Hall was Col. Stribling’s pride and joy, and it remains a commonality that transcends each of our classes. For that reason, we have combined two projects into one.
Class Donation Levels
Honor ($6,000) Brass plaque on large pew, class bench at Col. Stribling Statue and two class bricks
Gold ($3,000) Brass plaque on small pew and class bench at statue
Maroon ($1,000) Class bench and two class bricks at statue
Legacy and Planned Giving
Plan today to leave your legacy to the Missouri Military Academy
Estate gifts empower some donors to make the gifts of a lifetime. Donors are recognized via membership in the Heritage Club.
The following is provided for informational purposes only and is not financial or legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor, attorney or financial planner prior to making any decisions regarding your estate.
Wills and Trusts
Over the years, many generous alumni and friends have made a great impact at Missouri Military Academy by naming the Academy as a beneficiary in their will or trust. Naming Missouri Military Academy in your will or trust allows you to have full control of your assets while you live and then pass on a significant gift upon your death.
Unrestricted bequests are typically designated to the Missouri Military Academy endowment unless the Board of Trustees elects to apply it to a special fund such as a scholarship or capital project.
There are several options for those who wish to include Missouri Military Academy in their will. You can name Missouri Military Academy as the beneficiary of:
- A percentage of your estate’s assets
- A fixed dollar amount within your estate
- Specific personal property such as land
- Assets that remain after your loved ones have been provided for
- Gifts of Life Insurance
You can make a significant gift to the Academy by naming Missouri Military Academy as a primary or secondary beneficiary to a life insurance policy. Paid policies may also be transferred to the Academy. In some cases, the annual premium can be tax deductible.
Charitable Gift Annuities
Charitable gift annuities make it possible for donors to make a significant contribution as they receive a fixed annual income until their death. The remaining principal is maintained by the Academy.
Charitable Lead Trusts
A charitable lead trust is an irrevocable trust established when a donor transfers money to a trustee, usually at amounts of $100,000 or more, establishing a trust. The trust produces investment income that is paid directly to Missouri Military Academy annually until the donor’s death. Upon the donor’s passing, the remaining trust is distributed to the donor’s beneficiaries at reduced estate tax rates. The donor receives the benefit of seeing the impact of their gift during their lifetime.
Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs)
A charitable remainder trust can be established by using property or money to set up a trust that the donor will continue to benefit from for a specified period of time, after which Missouri Military Academy receives the principal. Donors can avoid capital gains tax on the donated assets and may also receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the remainder interest earned by the trust. The assets are removed from the donor’s estate, subsequently reducing the donor’s estate taxes.
There are three types of CRTs available: charitable annuity trusts, unit trusts, and a charitable pooled income fund. Each option has different benefits and restrictions. Your financial advisor and/or a representative from your bank can provide complete details about these options.