Calling the Fulton Colleges Fund, “an investment in the future of Callaway County,” organizers will kick off the fund’s 38th annual drive Tuesday, Sept. 6, with a noon luncheon 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 $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, 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.
Sponsored by the Fulton Board of Associates, the drive has raised more than $1 million in the past 38 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 United Security Bank will provide the challenge grant.
Walter Schubert, president, said United Security Bank was proud to offer the challenge grant to assist the Fulton Colleges Fund drive.
“With the Kingdom of Callaway being selected as one of the best places to live, it is obvious that William Woods University and Westminster College helped increase our ranking. The history of both schools is known to be prestigious and we are very fortunate to have these schools available for our Callaway County residents.”
Schubert added, “We are pleased to contribute to the continued success of these schools by being the Fulton Colleges Fund challenge donor.”
Don Woodson, State Farm agent, is president of the Board of Associates and Fulton Colleges Fund. He hopes the example set by United Security Bank will inspire others to contribute generously to the drive.
“The students, staff, professors and administrators contribute so much to our lives here in Fulton and Callaway County economically, socially, culturally, and personally. Our fine restaurants, retail establishments, financial institutions, lodging and other commerce are all benefiting from the presence of these two institutions of higher education.”
He added, “I encourage everyone to join us in supporting the Fulton Colleges Fund Drive and to consider joining our Board of Associates.”
Approximately 100 volunteers will make solicitations during the four-day drive. Results will be reported during a luncheon Friday, Sept. 9, 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.