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Kiwanis Club adds to NCTC scholarship


by Darin Allred | Apr 07, 2014


The Gainesville Kiwanis Club has a long history of support for North Central Texas College, and a recent donation will continue their legacy of helping the college grow.

The Kiwanis Club recently donated an additional $1,000 to their endowed scholarship at North Central Texas College.

Kiwanis Club members Tom Towers and Mary Lou Leftwich presented the check to NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock and NCTC Vice-President of Institutional Advancement Debbie Sharp.

“The children are the future and if we do not bring the children up all the way from the lower grades up to the college, what’s our future going to be,” Towers said.

The Gainesville Kiwanis Club initially established an endowed scholarship in 2001 with a donation of $12,500. Over the years, they have awarded 26 scholarships.

Without the Kiwanis Club, there might not even be a college in Cooke County. Back in 1924, college pioneer Randolph Lee Clark went to the Kiwanis Club for help in getting Gainesville to support a community college. The rest, as they say, is history.

“We’ve been supporting the college for a long time,” Leftwich said. “My husband graduated with a degree several years ago, and I attended it and all of our children attended classes here. We feel like it’s a vital part of our community and we want to do everything we can to support it.”

Students eligible for the Gainesville Kiwanis Club scholarship must be Cooke County residents with a history of strong community service involvement.

Cooke County students who are interested in applying for the Gainesville Kiwanis Club scholarship are encouraged to submit an application by the April 15 deadline. Students may visit the college’s website at and submit an online application.

ADDING SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS – Gainesville Kiwanis Club members Mary Lou Leftwich and Tom Towers recently presented a check for $1,000 to add to the Kiwanis Club scholarship fund. Pictured are (left to right) NCTC Vice-President of Institutional Advancement Debbie Sharp, Leftwich, Towers and NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock.