Local Colleges Receive Donations for Scholarship Funds

Westminster College and William Woods University have each
received scholarship donations from The UPS Foundation through the Missouri
Colleges Fund (MCF).

“We want to thank The UPS Foundation for these gifts,” says
Dr. George B. Forsythe, President of Westminster.  “Only through
public/private partnerships can we make the kind of strong investment in higher
education that our students deserve.”
The UPS Foundation has committed $38,400 in scholarships to
underwrite a $2,400 need-based scholarship at each of the 16 MCF member
The scholarships are made possible by a grant from the UPS
Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges
(CIC) in Washington, D.C.
William Woods University President Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
notes, “These contributions recognize the importance of education and the
significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.”
 “The Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for this
gift from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund,” says Mike Backer, MCF President.
“Through this grant, UPS recognizes the importance of education and the
significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.” 
MCF was incorporated in 1952 as a partnership of private
enterprise and the member independent colleges and universities in the
Show-Me-State. The MCF is a 501 © (3) tax-exempt corporation; therefore, all contributions to the
MCF are tax-deductible up to the limits prescribed by law.
MCF member schools are independent baccalaureate
degree-granting liberal arts and comprehensive colleges and universities in the
state of Missouri.  Their income is derived primarily from private
In addition to Westminster College and William Woods
University, MCF member schools include:  Avila University, Kansas City;
Central Methodist University, Fayette; Columbia College, Columbia; Culver
Stockton College, Canton; Drury University, Springfield; Evangel University,
Springfield; Fontbonne University, St. Louis; Hannibal-LaGrange University,
Hannibal; Maryville University, St. Louis; Missouri Baptist University, St.
Louis; Park University, Parkville; Rockhurst University, Kansas City; Southwest
Baptist University, Bolivar; and William Jewell College, Liberty.
Founded in 1907, UPS is the world’s largest package delivery
company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services.  Its
educational endowment has awarded over $48 million in scholarships to over
16,000 students since its inception and is currently valued at $39 million.
“A college degree opens the door to countless
opportunities,” says Ken Sternad, President of the UPS Foundation.  “UPS
takes great pride in its partnership with CIC and in our support of thousands
of students over the years who have been able to pursue an education from our
nation’s private colleges.”
CIC is an association of nearly 700 independent liberal arts
colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations
that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain
high-quality education and enhance private higher education’s contributions to
“This joint UPS/CIC scholarship program has a direct,
tangible impact on the education and careers of hundreds of young men and women
each year,” says Richard Ekman, President of CIC.  “Because so many young
men and women don’t have the financial resources to complete their college
education, the UPS Scholarships are critically important.”
More information about the Missouri Colleges Fund can
be found online at www.mocollegesfund.org
or by contacting MCF President Mike Backer at 573-893-3818.