Missouri Colleges Fund receives $15,000 from Commerce Bancshares Foundation

The Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) today announced that Commerce Bancshares Foundation has contributed $15,000 to the Missouri Colleges Fund.


This grant underwrites the Commerce Bancshares Teacher Scholars Program by providing scholarships at each of the 16 member schools, which include Westminster College and William Woods University.  The scholarships will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need to outstanding qualified students preparing to teach in K-12. 


“The Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for this gift from Commerce Bancshares Foundation,” said Mike Backer, MCF president. “This contribution will be matched by other donor gifts to support the Teachers First Scholarship Program, which provide financial assistance to teacher education students.  Commerce Bancshares Foundation recognizes the importance of education and significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.”


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 sources.


In addition to Westminster College and William Woods University, Missouri Colleges Fund member schools are 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 College, 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.


The MCF was incorporated in 1952 as a partnership of private enterprise and the member independent colleges and universities in the Show-Me State. The Fund is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation; therefore, all contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible up to the limits prescribed by the law.


More information about MCF can be found online at www.mocollegesfund.org.