Frank and Sandy Wersching Scholarship Endowed at Southeast
The Frank and Sandy Wersching Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
The scholarship was established with a $10,000 gift from St. Louis
Cares, a Southeast alumni affinity group that seeks to develop
scholarships for St. Louis youth, and with proceeds from a recent St.
Louis Cares event, "An Evening with the Arts.” The event featured
performances by Frank and Sandy Wersching's daughter, the television,
stage and screen actress, Annie Wersching, best known for her work in
"24,” and Southeast theatre and dance students. The scholarship was
established in honor of Frank and Sandy Wersching.
The recipient of the scholarship will be a student who is
enrolled at Southeast majoring in theatre and dance with at least a 2.0
grade point average and financial need. Preference will be given to a
student from St. Louis or St. Louis County. The Department of Theatre
and Dance will select the recipient.
Frank Wersching came to Southeast in 1961 from Jennings, Mo.,
in the St. Louis area. He graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science
in Education and majored in speech and English at Southeast. While at
the University, he served as treasurer of the Student Assembly and
president of the Black Mask Honorary Dramatic Society. He was also a
member of Student Life, the Student Union, the A Cappella Choir, the
Men's Glee Club and College Players. During his years at Southeast, he
directed and starred as the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz” and
played the role of Alfred Doolittle in "My Fair Lady.”
While at Southeast, Frank Wersching met Sandra Drebes, who
was also from St. Louis and also graduated from Southeast in 1965.
Drebes received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the
University. During her years at Southeast, she was involved in
intercollegiate debate and University Players.
Frank and Sandy Wersching married and returned to St. Louis.
In 1977, they adopted a baby girl, Annie. As a youth, Annie Wersching
spent 14 years with the St. Louis Celtic Stepdancers, traveling and
competing in Irish dance, before attending Millikin University in
Decatur, Ill., where she received her degree in musical theatre.
After graduating, Annie Wersching lived in Chicago and began
touring with "Anything Goes” and "A Christmas Carol.” She worked for
various theatres, including Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, the
Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and the Utah Shakespeare Festival,
before moving to Los Angeles in 2001. Wersching appeared in the revival
of "Do I Hear a Waltz?” at The Pasadena Playhouse and can be heard on
its new cast recording.
Wersching's first television appearance was on "Star Trek:
Enterprise.” Since then, she has appeared on "Journeyman,” "Boston
Legal,” "Cold Case,” "Supernatural,” "Frasier,” "Charmed,” "Killer
Instinct,” and the Fox pilot, "Company Man,” by the creators of "24,”
among others. She also debuted on "General Hospital” as Television
Producer Amelia Joffe in March 2007 and could been seen daily for five
months stirring up trouble in Port Charles. In September 2007, Wersching
began filming the seventh season of "24,” and in January 2009, she took
audiences by storm as Agent Renee Walker.
Annie Wersching is married to the actor and comedian, Stephen Full, and they have a two-year-old son, Freddie.
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