Columbia State Receives Scholarship Endowment from Brentwood Woman's Club

Photo Caption: The scholarship endowment was presented by the Brentwood Woman’s Club during the “Step-Up, It’s A Charity Affair” luncheon and silent auction. Pictured left to right: Dr. Janet Smith, president of Columbia State Community College; Bethany Lay, Columbia State executive for advancement; Paula Uhlir, Brentwood Woman’s Club first vice-president and education community service program co-chairman; and Liz Martin, Brentwood Woman’s Club president. Photo Credit: Lawrence Taylor, Chicagraphy Images.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – May 16, 2014) - - - The Columbia State Community College Foundation accepted a $12,500 scholarship endowment May 6 from the Brentwood Woman’s Club chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  

The BWC held its “Step-Up, It’s A Charity Affair” luncheon and silent auction at the Brentwood Country Club and chose to celebrate its 40th anniversary by establishing the endowment at Columbia State to fund an annual scholarship.

“This is our 40th anniversary and we have decided to present Columbia State with a gift of $12,500, which fully endows a scholarship fund for Columbia State students,” said Paula Uhlir, Brentwood Woman’s Club first vice-president and education community service program co-chairman. “Each year, women from Williamson County will benefit from this endowed scholarship.”

“This will make a difference in someone’s life,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, president of Columbia State. “I want to thank the Brentwood Woman’s Club on behalf of all the young ladies whose lives will be touched by what they have done.”

The Columbia State Foundation encourages the community to support and partner with Columbia State to positively impact student success. Scholarships and support of programs are made possible through these partnerships.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.

The Columbia State Foundation supports and partners with Columbia State to positively impact communities and student success through the maintenance and enhancement of resources, which is achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising and investment management. The Columbia State Foundation was formed in 1971 as an institutionally related, yet independently chartered and separate 501(c)(3).

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. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit

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