Fairall family donates $300,000 to scholarship fund at MCC
Family members of the late Charlie Fairall were on the Marshalltown Community College campus Wednesday to present a large addition to the Loyal S. and Helen Fairall Scholarship Fund. Kelley Fairall-Fifer and Megan Fairall were present to announce their donation of $300,000 to the scholarship fund.
“Our dad valued education above all else,” says Megan Fairall, daughter of Charles Fairall. “He believed that knowledge was power. With a good education, any individual, regardless of the many obstacles they may have encountered in their lives, was capable of taking control and becoming successful. Our father loved his country and his hometown, as did my grandfather, Loyal Fairall. It is no surprise he wanted to give back to those who had so bravely served our nation. I am very proud to present this gift to MCC.”
The Loyal S. and Helen Fairall Memorial Scholarships provide full tuition and fees for 16 credit hours a semester at Marshalltown Community College. Loyal Fairall served in leadership positions of American Legion Post #46 and was Commander in 1956. The award honors all of the men and women who are or have served their country so faithfully through the years.
Applications for the 11th Annual Loyal S. & Helen Fairall Memorial Scholarships are available for students planning to attend Marshalltown Community College during the 2013-14 academic year. Applicants must meet the criteria of having a family member who served in the US Armed Forces. Students must have a 2.5 GPA upon graduation from high school or the last semester of college attended and maintain that GPA to continue the scholarship. Preference in awarding the Scholarship will be given to applicants who reside in Marshall County and secondly to applicants residing in the State of Iowa.
“Charlie Fairall is a great example of generosity,” says Carol Geil, Executive Director for the MCC Foundation. “He was a member of the MCC Foundation’s board of directors, and gave to us generously of his time and energy and considerable expertise. He also believed in education as a gift to a person’s life, and with this endowment, he’s created a renewing resource that will benefit MCC students for generations. And he also instilled these values in his family, who continue his legacy of generosity.”
Carol Geil notes that applications are available online (click here for pdf) for the first time this year at www.MarshalltownCommunityCollege.com. Just click on the Financial Aid, Costs, and Scholarships tab on the left, and then click on Scholarships. Applications are also available from high school counselors at Marshalltown High School, East Marshall, West Marshall, GMG and BCLUW. Students can also contact the MCC Financial Aid Office, 641-844-5707, the MCC Foundation Office, 641-844-5748, or the Scholarship Committee at Frank Lewis Glick Post #46, PO Box 157, Marshalltown, IA 50158. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.
Creating a memorial scholarship is one way to establish a legacy and financially assist MCC students and future students with their education. Anyone interested in learning more about starting a scholarship at MCC can contact Carol Geil, at 641-844-5747.
“I once read…“The legacy you leave is the life you lead. Leaders must decide on what matters in life before they can live a life that matters," added Kelley Fairall-Fifer. “As a leader, my father, just like his father before him, decided well and his legacy will live on for many years to come at MCC.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo 1: Kelley Fairall-Fifer presents the check for $300,000 to Carol Geil, Executive Director for the MCC Foundation. Megan Fairall was also in attendance Wednesday, Feb. 6, on the Marshalltown Community College campus to present this addition to the Loyal S. and Helen Fairall Scholarship Fund.
Photo 2: Pictured (left to right) are Gary Schaudt, Vice President, MCC Foundation; Lee Haupert, President, MCC Foundation; Megan Fairall and Kelley Fairall-Fifer, daughters of Charles Fairall; and Carol Geil, Executive Director, MCC Foundation.