Fulton Colleges Fund Will Soon Kick Off

The Fulton Colleges Fund Board of Associates has awarded a total of $52,000 in scholarships to Callaway County students attending either Westminster College or William Woods University this fall.  Soon the drive to raise funds for 2014 scholarships will kick off.

Organizers will begin the 2013 Fulton Colleges Fund Drive at 5 p.m. Monday (Aug. 19), with an after-hours event for volunteers on the Aldridge patio at William Woods University. Volunteers will report their results at a noon lunch Aug. 23 in the Jones-Marsh Dining Room, on the Westminster College campus.

Volunteers will call on area businesses and individuals during the week. Their goal is to raise as much money as possible to benefit Callaway County students who attend Westminster or William Woods.

The Board of Associates connects Callaway County with William Woods University and Westminster College by providing hundreds of scholarships that have enabled local students to attend the two institutions.

“For more than 50 years, donors to the Fulton Colleges Fund Drive have realized the value of the quality education Westminster College and William Woods University provide to their students,” Nicole Elliott Bartley, BOA president, said.  “The Fulton Colleges Board of Associates greatly appreciates your support to provide important financial assistance to these local high school students who choose to pursue higher education in our community.”

In a continuing effort to provide assistance to students in Callaway County, the Board of Associates has increased the number of scholarships it provides. This year, 24 scholarships, totaling $52,000, were offered.

The Fulton Colleges Board of Associates has sponsored an annual fund drive to secure local support for Westminster and William Woods since the fall of 1967. Each year more than 80 volunteers lend their time, calling on businesses and individual contributors.

Very few communities of comparable size show this type of dedication and commitment.  The money raised is divided equally between the two institutions, and the gifts help fund scholarships for outstanding students in Callaway County.

Scholarship recipients for Westminster College  for 2013-2014 are: Jake Abbott, Travis Barnett, Morgan Brown Emmons, Malisa Chaidez, Kirsten Dungan, Joe Garwood, Jessica Klutts, Andrew Rodruguez, Guthrie Shipp, Paul Sterner, Scott Strough and Dillon Williams.

Students receiving scholarships at William Woods University are: Kadie Atterberry, Paige Baysinger, Danielle Beaver, Ashley Brown, Brittany Clingman, Samantha DeBrodie, Ashley Gross, Stormey Hug, Symone Hurd, Haley McGrath, Kayle Weghorst and Sarah Williams.

Contributions of any amount are welcome for the Fulton Colleges Fund. In addition, anyone can join the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates. Annual dues are $40 for a single membership or $75 per couple. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at William Woods (brenda.foster@williamwoods.edu) or Susi Wilson at Westminster (susi.wilson@westminster-mo.edu).

To be considered for the scholarships in coming years, Callaway County students must be accepted to Westminster College or William Woods University and meet all appropriate scholarship criteria.

Students interested in applying for the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates Scholarship should contact Sarah Munns at William Woods University  (sarah.munns@williamwoods.edu) or Aimee Bristow at Westminster College (aimee.bristow @westminster-mo.edu)   Scholarships are awarded in the spring for the following fall.

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