Goppert Foundation Makes $50,000 GiftPosted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in 40th, gift, Goppert, KC, Skidmore, "Your OU" On behalf of the Goppert Foundation of Kansas City, MO, Mike Skidmore, vice president and branch manager of Goppert State Service Bank of Ottawa and Pomona, KS, presented $50,000 to Ottawa University during OU-Kansas City’s 40th anniversary celebration at Arrowhead Stadium on October 16.
"We are extremely gratified by yet another significant gift from the Goppert Foundation,” said Ottawa University President Kevin C. Eichner. “The commitment of the Foundation and its leadership toward our mission and institutional purposes is second to none and provides another major lift for our University as we move toward a successful culmination of the largest capital campaign in the 150 year history of OU."
The most recent gift was made to bolster the Goppert Endowed Scholarship Fund, which benefits Ottawa University students with financial need. The fund has helped several students each year since its inception in 2003. With this new gift, the Goppert Endowed Scholarship Fund is now over $350,000.
“Mr. Goppert’s goal with the foundation was, in some small way, to reward the customers and communities that have brought their shared success to his banks, specifically in the areas of education, recreation, and health,” said Skidmore. “I am excited to represent the Goppert Foundation by providing this recent gift and find it very exciting to partner with Ottawa University by investing in the education of our future leaders.”
The Goppert State Service Bank in Pomona, KS, has been owned by the Goppert family since the early 1950s, and the family has operated a branch in Ottawa, KS, since 2005 as “partners in business and friends in life.”
The Goppert Foundation was established in 1959 by Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist. The foundation is committed to helping community civic groups, health care facilities and educational endeavors and has a history of generously supporting Ottawa University, with previous gifts of $200,000 and $100,000. Other area beneficiaries have been Ransom Memorial Hospital, Elizabeth Layton Center, Ottawa Recreation Commission, Neosho County Community College, Baker University, the Ottawa Library, and a 4-H Scholarship to Kansas State University.