[Columbia, Mo.] - The 207 Sisters, friends and family of Columbia police officer Molly Bowden, presented Columbia College with a $5,000 check today to help fund the Molly S. Thomas Bowden Scholarship. The 207 Sisters raised the funds through a garage sale held Sept. 17.
Bowden died in February 2005 from injuries she sustained in the line of duty a month earlier.
"Columbia College is honored to accept this check for the Bowden scholarship. We sincerely appreciate the 207 Sisters' considerable time and effort in raising these funds," said Dr. Gerald T. Brouder, president of Columbia College. "We also are grateful for the Thomas family's generosity in establishing the scholarship in their daughter's name. It will help other women who share Molly's dream of attending college and advancing their careers."
When fully funded, the Bowden Scholarship will provide a full-tuition scholarship to a female majoring in criminal justice administration or forensic science with a 3.0 GPA 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. Her husband, Corey, also is a Columbia College graduate.
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.