Donor Stories

Maurice H. Wilson '65 creates a Hall of Sponsor Scholarship in his mothers memory

Dorothy Mildred Orr Wilson graduated from Central College in 1930 with a degree in education and again in 1933 with a degree in music. Her son, Maurice Wilson, grew up in a house where education was valued and a Central Methodist College education was preferred. He graduated from Central Methodist College with a degree in political science in 1965. After a rewarding career with the social security administration Maurice has chosen to invest in CMU students and honor his mother’s memory by starting the Dorothy Mildred Orr Wilson Hall of Sponsors Scholarship. Maurice says, "I have set up this endowed scholarship to help students get the kind of support I received while I was there. My mother worked hard setting new goals and achieving them and I hope students are as inspired by her as I am.”

Chuck and Patricia '61 Brawner make plans to support CMU through their estate

I was just a small town girl from Southeast Missouri for whom college was quite an adjustment to a larger school. Central Methodist College, as it was called then, was just the right size for me and had a mission to create an atmosphere where Christian love supported learning and growing in both knowledge and faith. I flourished in this atmosphere and went on to graduate school and into teaching in Christian education; similar to my experience. All these years later I am still happily supporting with regular contributions to enhance this mission for today's Central Methodist University. Many things have changed on campus, but not the mission. My husband and I have as a part of our Estate Planning provided for a contribution to an institution which has, in our opinion, remained faithful to its goals. We are proud to do so.


"Your support helps make a quality liberal arts education attainable for more students. I believe we need more leaders in the world that have the kind of education we offer at CMU."

Jackie Jackson

Director of Annual Giving


"There is no better way to shape the future than by investing in education. We are thankful for the trust our alumni and friends have in Central to prepare and inspire our students to make a difference in the world."

Joshua Jacobs

VP of University Advancement

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