Friday, June 18, 2010

SBU to benefit from $16,000 Mastercard Worldwide donation

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

BOLIVAR, Mo.. Southwest Baptist University will benefit from a donation made by Mastercard Worldwide which has contributed $16,000 to Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF).

This grant underwrites the MasterCard Math Teacher Scholars Program by providing 16/$1,000 scholarships at each of the 16 member schools. The scholarships will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need to outstanding qualified students preparing to teach math.

“The Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for this gift from Mastercard Worldwide,” 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 education.  Mastercard Worldwide recognizes the importance of education and the 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.

MCF 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.

MCF was incorporated in 1952 as a partnership of private enterprise and the member independent colleges and universities in the Show-Me State.  The MCF is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation; therefore, all contributions to the MCF are tax-deductible up to the limits prescribed by law.

More information about the Missouri Colleges Fund can be found online at or by calling Mike Backer at 573-893-3818.


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 13 consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 14 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past three years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. For more information, visit

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