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  • Writer's pictureAlaina Leverenz

Fulton Colleges Fund to raise scholarship money for Callaway County students

The Fulton Colleges Board of Associates has set this year’s fundraising goal at $53,000, which will be used to provide 24 scholarships to Callaway County students attending either Westminster College or William Woods University.

Organizers will begin the 2015 Fulton Colleges Scholarship Fund Drive at 8 a.m. Aug. 20 with a breakfast for volunteers in the Nielsen Room of Tucker Hall at William Woods University. Volunteers will call on area businesses and individuals during the week and report their results at a noon lunch Aug. 27 in the Jones-Marsh Dining Room at Mueller Leadership Hall at Westminster College.

“The Fulton Colleges Scholarship Fund continues to support Callaway County students in their pursuit of higher education at William Woods University and Westminster College,” Jody Paschal, president of the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates, said.

“Currently we are assisting a total of 24 students (12 at each college/university). Our 2015 goal of $53,000 will allow us to continue to provide the same number of scholarships.”

Paschal urged residents to “help support our students of Callaway County by giving generously to the Fulton Colleges Scholarship Fund.”

In a continuing effort to provide assistance to students in Callaway County, the Board of Associates in recent years increased the number of scholarships it provides. Last year, 24 scholarships, totaling $52,000, were provided: eight at the $1,500 level, eight at the $2,000 level and eight at the $3,000 level.

Scholarship recipients attending William Woods University are Kadie Atterberry, Baylie Borman, Sam Debrodie, Hanna Glover, Austin Johnson, Haley McGrath, Brett Metcalf, Alicia Owens, Sarah Williams and Katy Zuroweste.

Those attending Westminster College are William Abbott, Kailyn Anderson, Noah Braun, Malissa Chaidez, Adam Clay, Alexandria Fague, Kylie Ferro, Jessica Klutts, Guthrie Shipp, Kelsie Slaughter, Scott Strough and Dillon Williams.

The Fulton Colleges 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 70 volunteers lend their time, calling on businesses and individual contributors. Very few communities of comparable size show this type of dedication and commitment.

“The Fulton Board of Associates Scholarship has been a real blessing to me,” said William Woods sophomore Baylie Borman of Kingdom City. “I am thankful the local community recognizes my potential and awards me this annual gift. It has allowed me to concentrate on my academics and extracurricular activities.”

In recent weeks, several area businesses and individuals have stepped forward to provide leadership gifts to kick off this year’s drive. These include The Callaway Bank, Ameren, Ovid Bell Press, MoCon, Backer’s, Bank Star One, Fulton Ford, Mike and Debbie Laughlin, David and Beth McDaniel and Pat Jones.

Contributions of any amount are welcome for the Fulton Colleges Fund. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at William Woods ( or Dianne Lowry at Westminster (dianne.lowry

Students interested in applying for the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates Scholarship should contact Kathy Groves at William Woods ( or Aimee Bristow at Westminster ( The scholarships are awarded in the spring and/or summer for the next academic year. The Fulton Colleges Board of Associates is not involved in selecting the recipients.

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