Nolands endow SFCC scholarship in memory of parents

December 8, 2012

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Sedalians Gary and Debbie Noland have contributed $11,500 to the State Fair Community College Foundation 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 (WHS) 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.

“We are grateful to the Nolands for their generous support of the SFCC Foundation and the students we serve,” said SFCC President Dr. Marsha Drennon. “We are especially pleased that this scholarship will go to a graduate from Warsaw High School.”

The award amount is based on the endowment’s earnings and will vary from year to year. Students interested in applying may contact the Financial Aid office at (660) 530-5834 or e-mail The scholarship will be awarded during the WHS senior awards assembly in the spring.

Noland is chairman of the SFCC Board of Trustees, a former Foundation director and 18-year director of the Career and Technology Center. Debbie is a former instructor at SFCC. Both are avid, longtime supporters of the college’s students and programs.

Gary’s father, Willard, was a World War II veteran who earned three Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart. After the war he and Florence spent the majority of their child-rearing years in Warsaw. All five of their children, Gary, Marlene, Steve, Jonita, and Robert attended high school there.

The Nolands believed strongly in the power of education to open doors and transform lives.

“Because my parents were wonderful and caring people, Debbie and I wanted to give something that would permanently honor them and benefit a Warsaw High School graduate,” said Noland. “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 foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, was established in 1981 to raise funds to meet SFCC’s needs. Its mission is to support and assist the college in serving the community by providing accessible, quality educational programs and services.

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