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Columbia, Mo. -- Columbia College has received its largest-ever gift -- $3.1 million -- from a 1949 graduate of the school. Carol Vinkemulder Frobish of Mission Viejo, Calif., who died in 2003, has designated half the gift to be used to fund a scholarship established in her name, and the other half to help advance the college.
New female students returning to college at any level are eligible for the Frobish scholarship at Columbia College. Recipients also must be full-time day or evening business majors who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and meet financial requirements.
"Mrs. Frobish firmly believed one of the greatest gifts to be given in life was the gift of education," said President Gerald Brouder. "She also believed that Columbia College espoused values similar to her own, which convinced her to leave a gift of enduring value --an endowed scholarship."
Frobish, who arrived on the Christian College campus (former name of Columbia College) in 1947, was involved with activities such as student council, dance club, Spanish club and athletics. In 1948 she was named commencement queen. She earned an associate degree and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University in 1951. She and her late husband, Kenneth Frobish, owned a Chevron Corporation station in San Clemente, Calif.