Dollar General Pledges $3,000 in Support of Fulton Colleges Fund

Jennifer Brady and Clay SmithDollar General is showing its support for the Fulton Colleges Fund Drive by pledging a $3,000 lead gift. Additional leadership gifts and pledges, totaling $10,500, from AmerenUE and an anonymous donor were also received, setting the stage for a successful drive.


Organizers will kick off the 2010 Fulton Colleges Fund Drive Tuesday (Aug. 10), with an 8 a.m. breakfast for volunteers in Aldridge Recreation Center at William Woods University. Volunteers will report their results Aug. 13 at a noon lunch at Mueller Leadership Center 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.


For more than 40 years, the Board of Associates has connected Callaway County with William Woods University and Westminster College by providing hundreds of scholarships that have enabled local students to attend the two institutions.


In a continuing effort to provide assistance to students in Callaway County, the Board of Associates this year offered 18 scholarships, totaling $40,000. 


“The Fulton Colleges Fund drive has provided significant scholarship support over the years—but the need is even greater this year,” David Crane, 2010 Fulton Colleges Board of Associates president, said. 


“State government has recently cut $50 million from Access Missouri, the state’s only need-based college financial aid program.  This affects 13,700 Missouri students who choose to attend independent colleges.  Callaway County has always been a caring and supportive community and this year our students need our help more than ever.”


The Fulton 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 90 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.


Students receiving scholarships at William Woods University for 2010-2011 are: Paige Baysinger, Samuel Binkley, Jacob Harrison, Kim Humphrey, Harrison Jones, Elaine Merciel, Molly Nichols, Ashlee Schlueter and Megan Stieferman.


Scholarship recipients for Westminster College are: Kristin Brownawell, Thomas Cunningham, Rachel Davis, Kirsten Dungan, John Johnson, James Jones, Brandon McDonald, Grant Portra and Mariah Zahnter.


Contributions of any amount are welcome for the Fulton Colleges Fund. In addition anyone can join the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates. Dues are $40 for a single membership or $75 per couple. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at William Woods ( or Claudia Tomlin at Westminster (


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 Allison Bornhauser at William Woods University ( or Amy Marek at Westminster College ( Scholarships are awarded in the  spring for the following fall.   




Jennifer Brady, 2011 Fulton Colleges Board of Associates president, accepts a $3,000 lead gift check for the Fulton Colleges Fund from Clay Smith, general manager of Dollar General.