The family of State Fair Community College founding president Fred E. Davis has established an annual endowed scholarship in memory of his longtime commitment to SFCC and its students. The scholarship will be named the Fred and Margie Davis Annual Scholarship.
One $500 scholarship will be awarded each year. To be considered for the scholarship, a student must be a high school graduate or have earned a High School Equivalency; meet specific grade point guidelines; and be enrolled full-time in any program offered by SFCC at any of its locations. To apply, students can go to www.sfccmo.edu/finacialaidforms to access the scholarship application form.
“The Davis family worked so hard for the college and helped make it what it is today,” said Mary K. Treuner, executive director of the SFCC Foundation. “Davis’ legacy reminds us to always focus on what is most important—our students. This scholarship will help future generations remember our first president and his family and how they turned his dream into reality.”
Margie Davis said her husband always made her and their children, Jane and Tom, feel they were part of the college’s beginning.
“We enjoyed entertaining many people in our home during those years,” she said. “We had many gatherings, from the trustees to the Booster Club to new student orientations. I think I baked 100 dozen cookies for one of the three-day new student receptions we hosted in our home. I loved doing it! It wasn’t like a job; it was an opportunity.”
“They were a united front in all they did,” said Luper. “We have such strong ties to the college because it meant so much to both our parents. We loved that we were all so involved, from doing something as small as driving the cheerleaders to games to all the entertaining we did in our home.”
Davis served as SFCC’s president from 1967 until his retirement in 1984. He died Dec. 16, 2013.
In the photo at top: The family of State Fair Community College founding president Fred E. Davis has established an annual endowed scholarship in memory of his longtime commitment to SFCC and its students. From left, Mary K. Treuner, executive director of the SFCC Foundation; Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president; Margie Davis; and Jane Davis Luper. Photos submitted.