COLUMBIA — The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri donated $200,000 to Columbia College for scholarships for women Friday.
The organization, made up of 296 women, is a nonprofit that raises money for projects that support women and children in the area. The group has been giving scholarship money to Columbia College since 2005, and more recently, to MU and Stephens College.
The scholarships are offered to non-traditional female students to help expand their employment opportunities and improve their quality of life.
To be eligible to receive one of the scholarships, women must be at least 25 years old, a resident of mid-Missouri and a U.S. citizen, a full-time student, have at least a 2.75 GPA and have earned at least 60 hours of credit toward a degree.
Donna Buchert, a member of the league, said the scholarships are meant to allow these women to "better support their community and themselves."
In the past eight years, 69 students have benefited from the scholarships provided by the league.
The funds are raised through the organization's resale outlet, Upscale Resale, as well as other fundraisers. The shop, located at 1729 West Broadway, offers gently used clothing, appliances and other items.