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St. Louis Couple Makes $2.5 Million Scholarship Donation to MU

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Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill at their Chesterfield-area home with their two rescue Labradors. Photo: vetmed.missouri.edu

Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill at their Chesterfield-area home with their two rescue Labradors. Photo: vetmed.missouri.edu

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – A St. Louis couple has donated $2.5 million to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

The gift from Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill will help support scholarships for veterinary students and encourage volunteer work among those students who receive scholarships. The Stampfli-Savills had no prior affiliation with MU or the College of Veterinary Medicine, and were inspired to give their gift after reading about the philanthropy of other donors.

“We are thrilled to be able to give this gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine with the intent that it will support the development of future veterinarians for years to come,” Gary Savill said. “Barbara and I are animal lovers, and we hope this gift will help care for animals around the nation and the world by educating future classes of veterinarians. We also wish to enable students who otherwise would not be able to afford the education and training required to enter this noble profession.”

The Stampfli-Savill endowment will provide one or more scholarships to cover 50 percent of all tuition and fees each year to students who demonstrate financial need, with preference to students from underrepresented ethnic groups, according to the MU News Bureau. Those students awarded scholarships will be required to perform at least 120 hours of animal-related community and volunteer service each year.

In addition to their $2.5 million gift, the Stampfli-Savills, who own and operate Silver Wraith Choppers, LLC in St. Louis, have donated a custom-built motorcycle to the College of Veterinary Medicine to be raffled as a part of the college’s annual Gentle Doctor Benefit fundraiser  on April 5.

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