Friday, May 7, 2010

SBU to benefit from Donation from George H. Riedel Foundation

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University will benefit from a contribution of $25,000 from the George H. Riedel Foundation to the Missouri Colleges Fund. 

This grant underwrites the George H. Riedel Scholarship Program by providing 5/$5,000 scholarships.  The scholarships will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need to outstanding qualified students. 

"The Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for this gift from the George H. Riedel Foundation," said Mike Backer, MCF president. "This contribution will be matched by other donor gifts to provide financial assistance to students.  The Riedel 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.

Missouri Colleges Fund member schools include: Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar; 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; Westminster College, Fulton; William Jewell College, Liberty and William Woods University, Fulton.

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


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