Continuing The Legacy - Robert W. Plaster Foundation
Robert W. Plaster knew that success comes through hard work and that the effectiveness of hard work is multiplied by having a good education. As a young man, Mr. Plaster wanted a good educational foundation but was not able afford more than three semesters of college. As he became successful, he began looking for ways to help young people, like himself, get a better educational start than he was able to have. To that end, he established the Robert W. Plaster Foundation in 1983. Mr. Plaster wanted to help as many people as possible and so chose to focus his Foundation on capital projects rather than scholarships, for example, to broaden the impact of his Foundation. Throughout the rest of his life, the Robert W. Plaster Foundation provided naming gifts for educational institutions in southwest Missouri, such as Southwest Baptist University, Missouri State University, and Missouri Southern State University which was formerly Joplin Junior College, his alma mater, and others. Since his passing in 2008, the Robert W. Plaster Foundation has continued his mission to help students in southwest Missouri and the surrounding region get a better start in life with a high quality, affordable education.