Missouri Colleges Fund Receives Grants for Student Scholarships

The Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) has received two large donations to underwrite need-based scholarships at member schools. Monsanto Fund has contributed $30,000, and Commerce Bank has provided a grant of $15,000.


The grants will underwrite student scholarships at each of the 16 MCF member schools, including Westminster College and William Woods University.  These scholarships will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need.


“The Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for these gifts,” said Mike Backer, MCF president. “These contributions recognize the importance of education and the significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.”


“The grant from Monsanto Fundwill provide science and math scholarships, and Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for this gift,” said Mike Backer, MCF president. “This contribution will be matched by other donor gifts in an effort to make Missouri a national leader in math and science education,” Backer said. 


“The Missouri Colleges Fund is helping to ensure bright futures for Missouri math and science college students by providing the financial means for a solid education,” said Deborah Patterson, president, Monsanto Fund. “We are proud to support their mission and efforts of furthering math and science education in Missouri.”


The Commerce Bancshares Foundation has been a supporter of the Missouri Colleges Fund for more than 50 years. They have provided leadership to the MCF Board of Directors and with their grant of $15,000 to MCF, they are underwriting scholarship support to students with a special emphasis to the Teachers First Program, which helps the member colleges recruit and train future teachers for the state’s elementary and secondary schools.


MCF is a non-profit corporation, incorporated in 1952 as a partnership of private enterprise and the member independent colleges and universities in the Show-Me State. The MCF mission is to acquire resources to help educate students in its 16 member private liberal-arts colleges and universities.


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


For more information about the Missouri Colleges Fund, visit www.mocollegesfund.org or call Mike Backer, MCF president, at 573-893-3818.