Calling the Fulton Colleges Fund, “an investment in the future of Callaway County,” organizers will kick off the fund’s 35th annual drive Tuesday, Sept. 10, 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, more than $54,000 was raised. The goal this year is $60,000.
William Woods University students currently receiving scholarships through the Fulton Colleges Fund are David Anderson, Ginger Hilpipre, Molly McTaggart, Joe March, Megan Means and Carl Sweezer from Fulton High School; Troy Boulware from North Callaway High School, and Ashley Stieferman from South Callaway High School.
Scholarship recipients at Westminster College are Stephen Hoell, Michelle Latty, Naomi Messer and Daniel Moody and Alaina Oestreich from Fulton High School.
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.
Sponsored by the Fulton Board of Associates, the drive has raised more than $1 million. 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 David and Beth McDaniel will provide the challenge grant.
The McDaniels said they were proud to offer the challenge grant to assist the Fulton Colleges Fund drive.
“We have observed the cooperative spirit between our two Fulton colleges and the local community for so many years. It is apparent that each enhances the others,” David McDaniel said.
“William Woods University and Westminster College have provided wonderful educational opportunities to many Callaway students. The two also offer the local citizens numerous cultural events each year,” Beth McDaniel added.
Mike Boulware of Callaway Bank is president of the Fulton Board of Associates. He hopes the example set by the McDaniels will inspire others to contribute generously to the drive.
Boulware said he appreciates William Woods and Westminster more each year, especially as he meets people from other parts of the country who are aware of the two schools.
“It makes me proud to realize the importance these two fine schools have to both Callawegians and our friends around the country.”
Approximately 100 volunteers will make solicitations during the four-day drive. Results will be reported during a luncheon Friday, Sept. 13, 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 at Westminster, 592-5370.