Calling the Fulton Colleges Fund, “an investment in the future of Callaway County,” organizers will kick off the fund’s 37th annual drive Tuesday, Sept. 7, with an 8 a.m. breakfast for volunteers in the Aldridge Recreation Center of William Woods University.
In a show of support for higher education in the community, volunteers will once again call on area businesses and individuals for contributions. Funds raised are divided equally between Westminster College and William Woods.
Last year, approximately $58,000 was raised. The goal this year is $60,000.
The Fulton Colleges Fund Drive, which began in 1967, provides financial support for both of the schools and helps fund scholarships for outstanding Callaway County students to attend Westminster and William Woods.
William Woods University students currently receiving scholarships through the Fulton Colleges Fund and Board of Associates are Kristin Bailey, Joshua McGrath, Molly McTaggart, Megan Means, Tonia Nelson, Mandy Payne, Kim Small and Alisha Woods.
Scholarship recipients at Westminster College are Erin Baysinger, Harvey “Bo” Clapp, Stephen Hoell, Michelle Latty, Andrew Revelle, Jenna Smith, Gerrcia Stewart and Daniel Toosley.
Sponsored by the Fulton Board of Associates, the drive has raised more than $1 million in the past 37 years. Each year, the board invites a local business, individual or organization to offer a $2,500 challenge grant to match increases over the previous year. This year Central Bank-Fulton will provide the challenge grant.
Ken Theroff, president, said Central Bank was proud to offer the challenge grant to assist the Fulton Colleges Fund drive.
“We support and believe in the Fulton Colleges Fund drive, not only for the economic growth it provides, but more importantly, the intellectual growth of the students,” Theroff said. “We support the fund drive because it is an investment in the leadership and vision that paints the canvas of our future as a city and as a nation.”
Theroff added, “We thank them with financial support, but even more, we thank them for their pursuit of excellence, for the art they create, for the minds they stimulate, and for allowing us to play a small part in their pursuit of excellence.”
Ken Dillon, Callaway County Recorder of Deeds, is president of the Fulton Board of Associates. He hopes the example set by Central Bank will inspire others to contribute generously to the drive.
“In reflecting on the benefits to Fulton and Callaway County that both William Woods University and Westminster College provide, I find there are many,” Dillon said. A “contribution to the Fulton Colleges Fund drive will help to provide scholarships to Callaway County youth to attend these nationally recognized institutions.”
Approximately 100 volunteers will make solicitations during the four-day drive. Results will be reported during a luncheon Friday, Sept. 10, at Robertson Dining Hall on the Westminster College campus.
Individuals or businesses not contacted by volunteers can make a donation by contacting either school. Call Brenda Foster at William Woods, 592-4219, or Kathy Richey Liddle at Westminster, 592-5370.