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Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships
The Story of Touching Lives...Now and For Generations To Come...

John McFarland '62 is a happy man. Tonight, he is sitting with his wife Karen and their students; Ashton Ellett, class of 2008 and Amber Martin, class of 2007. The event is the annual President's Dinner. Ashton excitedly talks about his goal of joining the United States Foreign Services. His love of politics and service is evident as he animatedly discusses his desire to travel the world and help bring diverse cultures together. Amber talks about the challenges and rewards of being a resident student advisor, a role which will help her prepare for her graduate studies and a career as a teacher.

John sits back and smiles...

In Ashton and Amber, John sees the future of this country and he is pleased. Through the McFarland Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which John and Karen established in 2002, they know that they have touched the lives of Ashton and Amber and the two students realize the impact of this scholarship will benefit them for years to come.

Each year, the story of John, Karen, Ashton and Amber is repeated 100 times at Westminster. That's the number of named endowed scholarships that are currently making it possible for deserving students to experience Westminster.

"The beauty of establishing an endowed scholarship is that you can chose the criteria the students must meet in order to receive the award," said McFarland. With the McFarland Family Scholarship, John and Karen wanted to reward demonstrated excellence and impact the retention rate at Westminster by targeting juniors and seniors. Good grades are a must and the students have to demonstrate leadership skills and good character.

Like so many dedicated alumni, John wanted to "give back" to the College that gave him so much. A successful businessman, John realizes the impact Westminster has made in his life?and he wants that impact to be felt by future generations of students. "My desire is that those students who receive this scholarship will realize that hard work and good character pay off." McFarland adds.

Growing the College's endowment isn't about monetary goals.  Securing the College's endowment is all about ensuring that deserving students like Ashton Ellett and Amber Martin will be able to benefit from the Westminster experience for the next 155 years and beyond."

For the one who establishes the endowed scholarship, however, it is even more personal. "I'm genuinely interested in being a part of these student's lives," said McFarland. "I would sincerely hope to keep in touch with students like Ashton and Amber after graduation."

You also may want to make it easy and convenient to have a bequest included in your will. The language below shows how a bequest can very easily be included in your will.


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