Organizers will kick off the 2008 Fulton Colleges Fund Drive Tuesday (Aug. 12), with a breakfast for volunteers in Aldridge Recreation Center of William Woods University.
Volunteers will call on area businesses and individuals during the week. Their goal is to raise $55,000 to benefit Callaway County students who attend Westminster College or William Woods University.
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. This year Christensen Construction will provide the challenge grant.
“As alumni of William Woods and Westminster, we know the value of a private college education,” Katherine Christensen said.
Tom Christensen added, “The Fulton Colleges Fund has assisted many Callaway County students and the colleges through the years, and we are proud to support the 2008 drive by offering the challenge grant.”
Preliminary results of the drive will be reported during a luncheon Friday (Aug. 15) at Mueller Leadership Hall on the Westminster College campus.
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, Sam Binkley, Amanda Hosenfelt, Harrison Jones, Molly Nichols, Cheryl Perkins, T.J. Quick and Ashlee Schlueter.
Scholarship recipients at Westminster College are Stephanie Beamer, Kristin Brownawell, Justin Campbell, Morgan Campbell, Thomas Cunningham, Rachel Davis, Anthony Dunavant and Ashley Harrison.
Last year, volunteers raised more than $52,000 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 40 years.
“Doc” Kritzer, president, Board of Associates and Fulton Colleges Fund, stressed the importance of the two schools to the community and encouraged everyone to get involved.
“Callaway County is rich in heritage and history, and two significant factors are Westminster College and William Woods University,” Kritzer said.
“For over 150 years these two institutions have continued to expand their educational opportunities. With over 1,600 students on campus and many special guests visiting Fulton, they contribute significantly to the local economy and businesses.”
Individuals wishing to make a donation should contact Brenda Foster at William Woods, 592-4219, or Cathi Harris at Westminster, 592-5370.
Supporting the Fulton Colleges Fund are (left to right) Tom and Katherine and Christensen of Christensen Construction Co. with “Doc” Kritzer, president, Board of Associates and Fulton Colleges Fund.