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Thomas family presents check for $5,000 to Columbia College
Wednesday, December 07, 2005

[Columbia, Mo.] - The family of Columbia police officer Molly Bowden today presented Columbia College with a $5,000 check to help fund the Molly S. Thomas Bowden Scholarship.

Bowden died in February 2005 from injuries she sustained in the line of duty a month earlier.

"The college is honored to be a part of the Thomas family's remembrance of Molly," said Dr. Gerald T. Brouder, president of Columbia College. "Their gift in Molly's memory contributes to a legacy that will benefit women pursuing their dreams in higher education."

When fully funded, the Bowden Scholarship will provide a full-tuition scholarship to a female with a 3.0 GPA majoring in criminal justice administration or forensic science, and who attends the Day Campus or Evening Campus at Columbia College.

Bowden graduated from the college in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration.

For information about contributing to the Bowden Memorial Scholarship at Columbia College, contact Bill Sheehan, executive director of Development and Alumni Services, at (573) 875-7563.

Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies program.

The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.