For faculty and staff

Dr. Ronald J. Turner Endowment
Global Education Award

The Ronald J. Turner Endowment Fund is established in honor of Dr. Turner’s decade of service as the Executive Vice President for Outreach and Extension and Director of Cooperative Extension at the University of Missouri. This Endowment will be awarded each year to a faculty or staff member within University of Missouri Extension to support global education opportunities. The annual award is funded from a permanent endowment created with contributions from Dr. Turner’s faculty, staff, colleagues and friends.  The award may be used to assist in funding exchanges to Ireland, South Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica or other locations as requested.   

A stable, well-trained workforce is necessary to ensure program quality and sustainability. University of Missouri Extension will strengthen efforts that will result in workforce diversity and retention. The goal is to ensure that the workplace climate affords a flexible, safe, learning organization where employees are empowered and motivated to attain the greatest levels of success.

Award amount

Recipients receive up to $1,000 (based on actual expenses) for an approved professional development activity.


Applications will be reviewed based on the professional development plan of the Individual. Applicants must:

  1. Currently be employed as a university faculty or professional staff member. 
  2. Have three (3) years of consecutive employment with the University of Missouri.


Decisions will be based on:

  • The relationship to the applicant’s professional development
  • Individual initiative and creativity
  • The benefit to the individual, organization and clientele

Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Applications must be submitted prior to the professional development experience.


Applications will be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Extension each year. The Vice Provost for Extension will appoint a committee to recommend the person to receive the Turner Endowment. 

A complete application will include: a cover sheet, 1- to 2-page letter explaining why funding is needed and how it will be used and 3 letters of support — one of the letters of support should be from the supervisor. All application materials should be submitted to the individual’s supervisor. The supervisor should then forward the packet to:

MU Extension Awards Committee
109F Whitten
Columbia, MO 65211

Recipients of the Dr. Ronald J. Turner Endowment Global Education Award

2012    Crystal Weber
2011    Letitia Johnson
2010    Julie Middleton
2009    Amie Schleicher
2008    Joyce Taylor
2007    Ann Cohen
2006    Sharen Hunt