Westminster College and William Woods University have received new scholarship funds thanks to a Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) grant from the Commerce Bancshares Foundation.

The $13,000 grant will underwrite student scholarships at each of the 13 MCF member schools and will be awarded on the basis of financial need.

“Westminster is very grateful to the Commerce Bancshares Foundation and the Missouri Colleges Fund for this gift,” says Dr. Fletcher M. Lamkin, president of Westminster College. “Only through public/private partnerships can we make the kind of strong investment in higher education that our students deserve.”

William Woods University President Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett notes, “This contribution recognizes the importance of education and the significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.”

The MCF was formed in 1952 as a non-profit corporation. The MCF mission is to acquire resources to help educate students in its member private liberal arts colleges and universities.

In addition to Westminster College and William Woods University, Missouri Colleges Fund member schools are Avila University, Kansas City; Central Methodist University, Fayette; Culver-Stockton College, Canton; Drury University and Evangel University, Springfield; Fontbonne University, Maryville University and Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis; Park University, Parkville; Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, and William Jewell College, Liberty.

More information about the Missouri Colleges Fund can be found on-line at www.mocollegesfund.org or by calling MCF President Mike Backer at 573-893-3818.