The Fulton Colleges Board of Associates is making big changes this year in an effort to provide more college opportunities to local students. The board plans to increase the number of scholarships from 16 to 24.
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 plans to offer eight new scholarships for $2,000 in fall 2010. These will be in addition to the eight $1,500 scholarships and the eight $3,000 scholarships already given out annually. This means that each year, starting in 2010, the Board of Associates would offer 24 scholarships, totaling $52,000.
Tom Riley, president of the board, said, “Anything we can do to provide our children with more educational opportunities is vitally important. More education, more training and more skills are the key to greater prosperity.”
Board of Associates dinners, which previously had been held twice a year, will now be held annually, so that more money can be allotted to scholarships. As a community organization operated and organized for educational purposes, the board is also moving to a 501©(3) classification to become exempt from federal income taxes.
The Board of Associates will continue to run the Fulton Colleges Fund Drive, with all money locally raised going to the scholarships for Callaway students.
Students who receive scholarships at William Woods University are: Ryan Back, Sam Binkley, Amanda Hosenfelt, Harrison Jones, Cheryl Perkins and TJ Quick, all of Fulton; Molly Nichols of Portland and Ashlee Schlueter of Holts Summit.
Scholarship recipients at Westminster College are: Kristin Brownawell, Justin Campbell, Morgan Campbell, Thomas Cunningham, Rachel Davis, Anthony Dunavant and Ashley Harrison, all of Fulton, and Stephanie Beamer of Auxvasse.
To be considered for the scholarships, interested 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 Kate Engemann at William Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-592-4234), or Amy Marek at Westminster (email@example.com or 573-592-5251). The deadline to apply is April 30.