The Impact of Scholarships

Some of the revenue raised by our volunteers in Assistance League is channeled into scholarships. The following scholarships are awarded annually: Columbia College: 10 scholarships of $2,000 each, Military Heroes at Columbia College 6 scholarships of $1,250, Moberly Area Community College: 10 per year, Stephens College: 1 or 2 per year, University of Missouri College of Education and Human Development: 3 students for 2021-22, University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing: 10 per year, and new this year, the Stem Alliance with Columbia Public Schools. We also honor and award scholarships to 4 graduating seniors, one at each of Columbia Public School’s High Schools, with the Carter-MacClellan Scholarship , named for 2 founding members, who demonstrate the value of volunteerism. Our efforts truly do make a difference. Below are some excerpts from recipients or the institutions to which they belong:

“Often our students lack the financial resources to pursue their post-secondary goals.  This scholarship helps to fill that gap.”

“This allows Columbia College to focus on student success.  Studies show that for students working more than 15 hours a week the pressures can become an obstacle to academic success. ALMM provides tangible support, resources, and assistance to provide students with tools to succeed while in college and while making wise financial decisions that will impact them after they have graduated.  We also see the benefit of community partnerships in that we grow relationships.  Relationships that are developed from the meeting at the Celebration of Philanthropy Luncheon often years later blossom into leadership service opportunities.”

“Earning a prestigious scholarship such as the Military Heroes Scholarship can be lifechanging for recipients.  ALMM inspires students to feel supported not only financially, but to feel that their personal goals matter and are worthy pursuits.  As recipients our Columbia College students have expressed that it makes them feel more competitive as job candidates in addition to building confidence.  It maximizes the college experience through service learning and volunteer opportunities.  We think hearing directly from the student is the most effective form of communication.  They express it best with their genuine words of appreciation.”

A note from a student: “Thank you for investing in my education.  I truly appreciate the scholarship funds.  I recently obtained my Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and I intend to continue to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with minors in Psychology and Biology as I press toward my goal of becoming a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Given my advanced age, I am deeply grateful for your generosity in helping me to accrue less student debt as I pursued my goals.  I look forward to serving my community, my world, and hopefully others.”

A second note from a student: “I am a U.S. Army veteran, and I served actively for a period of 6 years and 4 months as a Utility Repairer.  However, I have always had a passion for Biology, which is my current degree program. I must say I am elated and filled with joy for this wonderful award. I am very encouraged to continue to work hard and do my absolute best academically and outside of the school environment.  From the bottom of my heart, I want to say a big thank you.”

“You have excelled and have been a true beacon with this scholarship.  So much so that it has been an inspiration to others who have modeled their own giving after what you have achieved. We are always looking at ways to make sure that aid is available to students who need it and can benefit.   You were pioneers creating opportunities for women in a demographic that was little funded.  Thank you for recognizing an area of need and meeting it! You have changed lives and improved generations with education.”

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