Webb City Schools Foundation begins 1877 scholarship drive

You’ll hear 1877 a lot soon as the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation launches a program to reinvigorate the general scholarship fund.

1877 was the year the Webb City School District was established.

The goal is to receive $18.87 from 1,877 donors in the first 1,877 minutes of the 2023-2024 school year.

It costs the foundation roughly $20,000 each year to reward graduating seniors with scholarships.

Since the fund’s inception, 1,800 graduates have received $400,000 in scholarships.

To be among the first 1,877 donors, browse to wcr7.org and click on the 1877 logo.

Mark Fitch, director of the Crowder College campus in Webb City leads Crowder Foundation members of a tour of the college’s facilities in Webb City.

Crowder College Foundation meets at Webb City location as classes are set to start Monday

Board members of Crowder College Foundation held their regular meeting Monday at the campus in Webb City.

Mark Fitch, director of the Webb City Instructional Center, noted it’s been 25 years since Crowder began offering classes here.

Initially, classes were held in the former Missouri National Guard Armory.

Dawson Spencer Hall, including a community tornado shelter on the ground floor, became the prominent building when it was constructed in 2014.

And then in 2017, a major renovation and expansion of the armory building was completed. It’s now called the Hickey Building.

An emphasis at the Webb City campus is the occupational therapy assistant program of instruction.

Overall, Fitch said 450 students are enrolled at Webb City. The parking lot may not look that full, though, because he said many students tend to prefer online classes.

Students will be returning for the start of the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 21.