Colleges Receive MasterCard Worldwide Scholarship Funds

William Woods University and Westminster College have received new scholarship funds, thanks to a Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) grant from MasterCard Worldwide.


The $16,000 grant will underwrite the MasterCard Math Teachers Scholars Program by providing a $1,000 scholarship at each of the 16 MCF member schools. These scholarships will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need to outstanding qualified students preparing to teach math.


“This contribution will be matched by other donor gifts to support the Teachers First Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to teacher education students,” says Mike Backer, MCF President.


 “Westminster is very grateful to MasterCard Worldwide and the Missouri Colleges Fund for this gift,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe.  “Only through public/private partnerships can we make the kind of strong investment in higher education that our students deserve.”


William Woods University President Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett notes, “This contribution recognizes the importance of education and the significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.”


The MCF was formed in 1952 as a non-profit corporation.  It is a partnership of private enterprise and the member independent colleges and universities in the Show-Me State.  The MCF mission is to acquire resources to help educate students in its member private liberal arts colleges and universities.


In addition to Westminster College and William Woods University, MCF member schools include: Avila University, Kansas City; Central Methodist University, Fayette; Columbia College, Columbia; Culver Stockton College, Canton; Drury University, Springfield; Evangel University, Springfield; Fontbonne University, St. Louis; Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hannibal; Maryville University, St. Louis; Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis; Park University, Parkville; Rockhurst University, Kansas City; Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar; and William Jewell College, Liberty.


More information about the Missouri Colleges Fund can be found on-line at or by contacting MCF President Mike Backer at 573-893-3818 or