Wooten scholarship announced at Northwest Foundation board meeting

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SENATOBIA, MS (06/12/2017) At its second quarterly meeting, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Foundation honored Dolores Wooten, Northwest director of Alumni Affairs and Foundation Operations. Wooten will be retiring at the end of June, and this was her last board meeting as a Northwest employee.

Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects, announced that the Dolores Beckum Wooten Endowed Scholarship has been fully endowed and that the Foundation Board of Directors, both present and past members, provided over $9,000 toward the $12,000 that has been raised for that effort.

Former board members were also invited to attend the meeting. Among those was Dr. Robert L. Smith of Hernando, who has also served as past president of the Northwest Alumni Association. "Dolores Wooten has worked tirelessly for the Alumni Association in helping alums to organize reunions and to re-connect with their first college. She will certainly be missed," Smith said.

Gale Cushman, president of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors, commented on Wooten's service to all areas of the Foundation. "The annual audit was presented at our meeting, as it has been for all of the years Dolores has handled the accounting for the Foundation and, as usual, it was a clean audit with no findings. Our board is deeply appreciative to Dolores for her due diligence with the Foundation records, and with her service in so many areas to the Foundation," Cushman said.

Wooten began working at Northwest in 1995 as secretary for the Recruiting Office. She later joined the Foundation Office. Shortly after joining the Foundation Office, she was tapped to manage the alumni program and has planned and coordinated alumni Homecoming reunions and the Sports Hall of Fame. Dolores coordinates the fundraising events sponsored by the Foundation Office, to include golf tournaments and rodeo events.

In a tribute to Wooten at the meeting, Canon noted that Wooten earned her associate degree at Northwest and her bachelor's degree at The University of Mississippi while she worked at Northwest. She also informed the board that Wooten was in her third term as a Tate County Election Commissioner and that she was an active member of the Senatobia Lions Club and First Baptist Church.

Following the tribute to Wooten, the board had its quarterly meeting and celebrated year-to-date earnings on the Northwest endowment of 4.1 percent, bringing the endowment value to $9.8 million with an additional $4.6 million awarded in scholarships since 1996.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation, contact Canon at 662-560-1103 or e-mail srcanon@northwestms.edu.

Pictured: Congratulating Dolores Wooten on her upcoming retirement at the second quarterly meeting of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors were (l-r) Mike Boren of Tunica, board member and president of the NWCC Alumni Association and board members Marty Allison of Sarah, and Gary Anderson of Byhalia. (Photo by Patti Gordon)