Fulton Colleges Fund Drive Falls Short, Collections Continue

More than $53,500, including at least $4,000 in “new money,” has been raised for the Fulton Colleges Fund. Organizers, however, say they are still accepting donations to meet the needs of higher education in the community.

“We still need everyone’s help to meet our goal of $60,000,” Don Woodson, president of the Board of Associates and Fulton Colleges Fund, said.

“During this time of national disaster, we must not forget our local day-to-day needs. The two colleges in Callaway County are important not only for the education they provide, but because they help fuel our local economy. Their continued prosperity, in turn, allows us to help others in need.”

The Fulton Colleges Fund Drive, which began in 1967, provides financial support for Westminster College and William Woods University and helps fund scholarships for outstanding Callaway County students to attend either school.

Approximately 100 volunteers called on area businesses and individuals for contributions during the fund’s annual drive, which was held Sept. 6-9. In addition, United Security Bank provided a $2,500 challenge grant to match increases over the previous year.

Walter Schubert, president of United Security Bank, said he was pleased that the community took up the challenge and responded with more than $4,000 in “new money.” However, he added that he would like to see the drive meet or surpass its goal.

Sponsored by the Fulton Board of Associates, the Fulton Colleges Fund Drive has raised more than $1 million in the past 38 years.

William Woods University students currently receiving scholarships through the Fulton Colleges Fund and Board of Associates are Kristin Bailey, Amanda Hosenfelt, Joshua McGrath, Megan Means, Mandy Payne, T.J. Quick, Kim Small and Alisha Woods.

Scholarship recipients at Westminster College are Erin Baysinger, Jordan Beever, Virginia Hilpipre, Andrew Revelle, Jenna Smith, Gerrcia Stewart, Daniel Toosley and Bartley Tucker.

Individuals or businesses wishing to make a donation should contact Brenda Foster at William Woods, 592-4219, or Kathy Richey Liddle at Westminster, 592-5370.