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A trio of Sedalia families have created and enhanced scholarship opportunities for State Fair Community College students through the SFCC Foundation.

Joe Fischer recently added $10,000 to the William and Mary O’Brien Scholarship, created in 2005-06 to honor the parents of his late wife, Susan O’Brien Fischer; the donation brings the scholarship’s total endowed amount to $20,000.

According to a news release, the annual scholarship will be awarded for the first time this year to a full- or part-time SFCC student pursuing an associate of arts degree or the 42-hour core curriculum with an emphasis in art or literature.

Gary and Debbie Noland donated $11,500 to establish the Willard L. and Florence L. Noland Endowed Scholarship in memory of Noland’s parents.

The endowed scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2013 to a graduating senior from Warsaw High School who is enrolled as a full-time SFCC student. The student must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA in high school and write a short essay on how the student’s education at WHS has prepared him or her for future educational endeavors.

Gary Noland, chairman of the SFCC Board of Trustees, is a former foundation director and was director of the school’s Career and Technology Center for 18 years. His wife is a former instructor at SFCC.

Noland’s father, Willard, was a World War II veteran who received three Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart. After the war, he and his wife, Florence, resided for many years in Warsaw.

In the release, Noland said: “We have a great love for the college and what it does to provide opportunities for students who want to grow and make their way in life; creating the scholarship just seemed the right thing to do.”

The Cooney Endowment for the Arts, founded by Barbara Cooney, contributed $10,000 to establish an arts education scholarship that will be awarded to a part- or full-time student at SFCC who is a high school graduate or has a GED. The student must be pursuing an associate of arts degree or a 42-hour core curriculum in art, literature, theater, dance or music with plans to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program in one of those fields. Applicants must write an essay on how their arts education would help enrich the world.

For all three scholarships, the award amounts will vary annually, as they are based on each endowment’s earnings.

Students interested in applying may contact the Financial Aid office at 530-5834 or e-mail finaid@


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