Bowmans and Dr. Cox

Dr. Karolen Bowman, left, and Dr. Tom Bowman, center, have pledged $1 million to Wilkes Community College and presented a $250,000 check Saturday as their first payment. WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox is at right.

Drs. Tom and Karolen Bowman of North Wilkesboro have announced a $1 million 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, during a dinner Saturday night at the John A. Walker Community Center.

The Bowmans already suppoerted WCC 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, said 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-plus 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 collection of early American children’s literature that the Bowmans are also donating to WCC.  The college plans to have the library renovations completed and the special collection of books in place by the end of August 2020.

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