HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/26/13) – Remembering the impact that the location of Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) in the region had on its citizens, Mrs. Annie Manning Williamson left a significant six-figure gift to the local college’s foundation upon her death earlier this spring.
Cy and Annie Williamson had a fondness for Hopkinsville Community College. Serving in the early years as the college was established, the local couple had a passion for education and to see local students succeed. Cy had served for years as chair of the advisory board to the college in its infancy, when it was affiliated with the University of Kentucky. His wife, Annie also served in various capacities with the college. Successful in many business ventures across the community, the Williamsons were active in the breeding and showing of Tennessee Walking Horses.
The Foundation’s Executive Director, Yvette Eastham, says that the group has decided to place the funds within its general endowment, which will allow flexibility in expenditures that could include scholarships and program development and expansion, and perhaps even assistance with capital improvements. “This bequest from Mrs. Williamson’s estate will be life-changing for our community, and because of the size of the gift, we are able to seek matching monies from KCTCS’s endowment match program. When a gift meets the qualifications for our match program, KCTCS can match, dollar for dollar, each dollar from the donor,” stated Eastham. “This is the greatest tool we have in solicitation in major gifts, and I only wish the state would increase the match pool from its current $1 million to $4 million dollars, since each of the 16 community colleges across the state are vying for the same match monies from a pool of just $1million dollars. Locally, we have very successfully leveraged the match monies to grow the Cadiz and Hopkinsville Rotary Endowments as well as the foundation’s own Textbook Scholarship Endowment. Now with this gift from the Williamson estate, we will see their investment in the college double as KCTCS is able to make the gift match over time,” concluded Eastham.
Dr. Pat Lake, interim president of HCC concurred with Eastham. “Planned gifts like this from the Williamson estate are critical to the viability of our local colleges and enable informed long range planning for student success and capital improvements. We thank the Williamsons and their family for considering the HCC Foundation in their estate,” said Lake.
Information provided by Rena Young
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