Donations to the Fulton Colleges Fund this year total $54,790 in gifts and pledges–with additional gifts still coming in. FCF benefits Callaway County students who attend Westminster College or William Woods University.
The 2007 drive kicked off Aug. 14, with a breakfast for volunteers at William Woods University. Volunteers called on area businesses and individuals during the week and reported their results Aug. 17 during a luncheon at Westminster College.
Each year, the FCF board invites a local business, individual or organization to offer a $2,500 challenge grant to match increases over the previous year. The challenge was met, so Fulton Commons, Holiday Inn Express and Chop House Restaurant have donated $2,500.
The Fulton Board of Associates has sponsored an annual fund drive to secure local support for Westminster and William Woods since the fall of 1967. Each year, more than 90 volunteers lend their time, calling on businesses and individual contributors. Very few communities of comparable size show this type of dedication and commitment.
The money raised is divided equally between the two institutions, and the gifts help fund scholarships for outstanding students in Callaway County.
William Woods University students currently receiving scholarships through the Fulton Colleges Fund and Board of Associates are Ryan Back, Amanda Hosenfelt, Harrison Jones, Mary Payne, Cheryl Perkins, T.J. Quick, Ashlee Schlueter and Kim Small.
Scholarship recipients at Westminster College are Erin Baysinger, Stephanie Beamer, Morgan Campbell, Christian Forbis, Ashley Harrison, Theodore Mudd, Andrew Revelle and Brian Russell Jr.
Last year, volunteers raised more than $53,000 for the fund, which also assists both institutions with operating expenses. The Fulton Colleges Fund Drive has raised more than $1 million in the past 39 years.
Individuals or businesses still wishing to make a donation should contact Brenda Foster at William Woods, 592-4219, or Cathi Harris at Westminster, 592-5370.
CUTLINE: Challenge donors (left to right) Kelly Keller, general manager, Holiday Inn Express; Debbie DeSmit, coordinator, Fulton Commons; Dale Nichols and Dave Babel, real estate developers, present a check for $2,500 to John Pautz, president, Board of Associates and Fulton Colleges Fund.