This scholarship was established by Carl. D. Gum, Judge of the Circuit Court, Division I, 17th Judicial Circuit. Judge Gum honors his mother and father, Carl D. Gum, Sr. and Maryana Burford Gum, who both attended Southeast Missouri State University. Mr. Gum, Sr. became the superintendent of schools at Clarkton, Mo., and Mrs. Gum was a teacher for many years in Burfordville, Missouri. The Gums were always supportive of students who were in need and often provided the means for them to take advantage of educational opportunities.