Anthony and Grace Jacob
Through their contributions as ambassadors for the university, supporters of the Miner Alumni Association, and advocates for education in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math, Anthony Jacob, ME’61, and his wife, Grace, have strengthened Missouri University of Science and Technology in a lasting way. Now, they have chosen to deepen their legacy by establishing a scholarship endowment for students with high financial need who aspire to become engineers.
Anthony “Tony” Jacob grew up in St. Genevieve, Missouri, as the youngest of seven children. When he was in the second grade, the United States entered World War II, and five of his siblings joined the war effort: two brothers enlisting in the U.S. Army and three sisters going to work in a factory. Tony was 16 when his fathered died, and he went to work after school and on weekends repairing farm equipment to help his family financially. He graduated from Valle High School in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army, where he specialized in track and wheel vehicle repair.
After completing military service, Tony enrolled at Rolla on the GI Bill to study mechanical engineering. He was a junior when he met his future wife, Grace, who worked in the alumni office. They were married in 1959. After graduating in 1961, Tony went to work as a mechanical engineer for A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company in Decatur, Illinois. During a distinguished career, he served in executive leadership positions with Truck Transport Inc., Transportation Leasing Corporation and Schilli Corporation, where he retired as a Vice President.
The Jacobs have three children, Joseph, Annette and Jerry, all of whom graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and five grandchildren. They live on a ranch near St. Genevieve, where they raise registered Angus cattle and Tony pursues his passion for woodworking. Strong supporters of education at all levels, the Jacobs fund a scholarship at Valle High School in St. Genevieve, where they encourage students with an interest in the STEM disciplines to pursue a degree at Missouri S&T.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Anthony and Grace Jacob Engineering Scholarship Endowment, young scholars will pursue their engineering aspirations at Missouri S&T for genera