Feb 05, 2013


(Franklin, Tenn. - Sept. 9, 2011) - - - Soroptimist International of Franklin presented Columbia State Community College with a $5,000 scholarship check for single moms in Williamson County. The generous donation came from the proceeds of the Derby Day Fundraiser.

"The Columbia State Foundation is pleased to accept these funds on behalf of our students in Williamson County," said Bethany Lay, executive for advancement at Columbia State. "Soroptimist International of Franklin continues to be very generous in providing scholarship opportunities."

The Derby Day Fundraiser was held May 7, 2011 at the Franklin Men's Club and included the Kentucky Derby simulcast, as well as food, drinks and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit women's scholarships for Columbia State Community College and Bridges Domestic Violence Center.

Soroptimist International of Franklin is part of an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists around the world contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls. The name, "Soroptimist," means "Best for women," and the scholarship was established in October 1987 to help women with dependents whose financial or family situation makes it challenging to obtain a higher education degree. For more information about Soroptimist International of Franklin, visit sifranklin.org .

For more information on scholarships and financial aid offered through Columbia State, visit www.columbiastate.edu/financial-aid .

Photo Caption (IMG_5040): Soroptimist International of Franklin presents a $5,000 check for student scholarships. (Left to Right) Margaret Gurley, president; Bethany Lay, executive for advancement, Columbia State; Barbara Leech, Derby Day chair and past president.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. The Williamson County Campus has served Williamson County residents for more than 30 years, and currently serves more than 1,400 students in the various program areas of Nursing, EMT/Paramedic, Business Technology, Commercial Entertainment, and more. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

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