Crowder relies on Festival of Wreaths funding

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cassville campus receives $5,000 in scholarship assistance over previous 2 years

Crowder College has its 12th annual Festival of Wreaths -- which raised $96,000 last year for scholarships -- on Nov. 18 at the Elsie Plaster Community Center in Neosho.

"Approximately $5,000 in scholarship assistance has been awarded to Cassville area students in the last two years," said Haley Reardon, assistant director of resource development and alumni relations with the Crowder Foundation.

The Festival of Wreaths just raises money for scholarships, said Angela Seymour, the Cassville campus director. Scholarships can help pay for books, supplies and tuition.

"I think our students are a lot smarter about their money, and I think the scholarships that they get are utilized very effectively," Seymour said.

When students enroll, the college tries to give them smart lending advice, and it helps them understand how the entire financial process works.

"Sometimes, if they get a scholarship, they don't have to work 40, or 50 hours a week," Seymour said. "They can work 20 instead and survive the semester. They have a better GPA. They can take more hours. They can be more successful. They can focus on their classwork.

"It's surprising how much just a couple $100 per semester can really make a difference for a student."

Seymour said she wished more students applied for scholarships.

"I don't think [students] realize how easy they are to get," she said. "You have to write an essay, and you have to think a little bit, and you have to do a little bit of paperwork at the front."

Crowder's goal is to improve on the total funds raised at last year's festival, Reardon said.

The silent auction is from 4 to 7 p.m., the dinner starts at 5 p.m., and the live auction starts at 6:30 p.m.

The college anticipates 400 to 500 packages in both the live and silent auctions. The live auction includes a 2010 Honda Fit Sport and a 2009 Mustang Convertible. People can also bid on four event tickets for two performances of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Oct. 21--22, 2015, in Las Vegas.

A large selection of custom-made wreaths and holiday decor, ranging from $40 to $400, will be available. Participants use the BidPal app on their smart devices to place bids on items.

A limited number of bidding devices through BidPal will be available for people who do not have smart devices.

Crowder College has 5,710 students enrolled in the fall semester. The Cassville campus has 397 students.

For more information about Festival of Wreaths, people may contact Reardon at HaleyReardon@crowder.edu or 417-455-5701.

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