Some dreams do come true and PSU’s dream of a new fine and performing arts center is tantalizingly close to becoming a reality.

In March, the university announced a $5 million gift through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation made possible with support and a recommendation from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation.

The gift was made in honor of PSU alumnus and former Walmart President and CEO, H. Lee Scott. It brings the total raised for the 90,000-square-foot, $30-million project to nearly $20 million.

“We are extremely grateful to the foundations for this generous gift,” said President Steve Scott. “We are now closer than ever to being able to fill a void that has been on our campus for more than 30 years.”

“The fact that this gift honors H. Lee Scott is significant,” said President Scott. “In many ways, he embodies the very values we strive to help develop in all of our students.”

Upon graduating from PSU in 1971, Lee worked for Yellow Freight Systems prior to joining Walmart in 1979 as an assistant director of transportation. In 2000, he was named CEO and president of Walmart. He served in that position for nearly a decade, before fully retiring in 2011.

“Today’s announcement of a $5 million contribution in support of the creation of the fine and performing arts center at Pittsburg State is exciting and for my wife, Linda, and me, it is also fulfilling,” said H. Lee Scott. “Our appreciation of Pittsburg State and the role the university plays in the lives of students dates back to 1969, when we were students there. Linda and I would like to thank the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation for supporting this wonderful and generous gift.”

University officials are quick to note that there is still much work to be done.
Additional details about Pittsburg State University’s fine and performing arts center, including ways individuals can help support the project, can be found at or call the PSU Office of Development 620-235-4768.