l-r: Dr. Karolen Bowman, Dr. Tom Bowman, and Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC president.
Wilkesboro, N.C. – Drs. Tom and Karolen Bowman announce a $1,000,000 pledge to Wilkes Community College. The Bowmans presented a check for $250,000 to Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC president, as their first payment toward their pledge.
The Bowman’s have long been supporters of Wilkes Community College through the establishment of the Gertrude Elliott Health Science Scholarship program. They are involved in the scholarship selection process each year, awarding numerous scholarships to students pursuing careers in the health sciences.
The Bowmans’ gift comes at an opportune time for the college, according to Dr. Cox. “We have been planning a significant renovation to our library for a few years, and the Bowmans’ generous gift will make a significant impact in funding those renovations on this 20+-year-old facility. I can’t thank the Bowmans enough for their generous support of Wilkes Community College and the students we serve.”
The library renovations will include a special room dedicated to showcasing a remarkable collection of early American children’s literature that the Bowmans are also donating to Wilkes Community College. The college plans to have the library renovations completed and the special collection of books in place by the end of August 2020.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.