Westminster College and William Woods University have received new scholarship funds thanks to Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) grants from the Emerson Charitable Trust and the George H. Riedel Foundation.


The George H. Riedel Foundation has contributed $25,000 to the MCF, providing five $5,000 scholarships to MCF member schools through the George H. Riedel Scholarship Program. 


The Emerson Charitable Trust has contributed $12,000 to the MCF, providing twelve $1,000 scholarships to MCF member schools through the Emerson Scholars Program. 


Scholarships from both sources will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need to outstanding qualified students.


 “Westminster is very grateful to the Emerson Charitable Trust, the George H. Riedel Foundation and the Missouri Colleges Fund for these gifts,” says Dr. George B. Forsythe, 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, 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; Maryville University, St. Louis; Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis; Park University, Parkville; Rockhurst University, Kansas City; William Jewell College, Liberty; LaGrange College, Hannibal; and Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar.


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.


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.