Quad City Bank & Trust President and CEO John Anderson, center, is
chairperson of the Palmer College Quad City Bank & Trust Endowed
Scholarship Fund campaign. He is seen meeting here with, left, Cathie
Whiteside, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Branding,
QCR Holding, Inc., and Paula Weaver, vice president, Community
Relations, Quad City Bank & Trust.
As a Palmer graduate, you probably have a lot of good
memories of your time back at The Fountainhead.
Maybe you remember the first adjustment you made,
your first patient in the clinic or the day you walked
across the stage with your diploma. But you may also
remember having to spend a lot of time making every
Recently, Vice Chancellor for Student Success Kevin
Cunningham, D.C., Ph.D., Davenport ’88, told the story
of a student who wanted to come to the U.S. specifically
to attend Palmer College. She knew Palmer was, and
is, the leader in chiropractic education. So she scrimped
and saved and finally packed up and moved her
young family to the Davenport Campus.
One day, her finances became scarce. Tough choices
had to be made. She came to Dr. Cunningham to ask
for help with finding funds to assist her through that
tough time. Unfortunately, there was no good answer.
As the student walked away, Dr. Cunningham knew the
last thing he could do was walk away from the student’s
problems. So, he began to share her story with others.
And when word reached the community’s Bechtel Trusts
and Foundation, the organization came forward with
a grant of $100,000 as a short-term solution. Now, the
guidelines for giving such funds to students who
urgently need them are being finalized.
The Trusts’ grant, however, obliges the College to create
a long-term solution as well. So the grant was given as
a challenge to the Palmer community to raise $300,000
to match the gift. That’s when banker and community
leader John Anderson of Quad City Bank & Trust
(QCB&T) asked if he could help. QCB&T then made
a significant contribution and joined with the College
to create the Palmer College Quad City Bank & Trust
Endowed Scholarship Fund campaign to raise $300,000.
At this level of funding, the interest will provide
approximately $15,000 each year for direct student
aid, with the minimum for each award set at $5,000.
Says Senior Development Officer Shelley Hammill,
“As you can see, if this fund grows to $500,000,
then $25,000 will be available to students each
year. And this is where Palmer alumni can step
forward to help our students.”
“Our goal is about so much more than dollars,” she
says. “It asks the question, ‘How many students can we
help each year?’”
You can help Palmer students like the one in this story
by making a gift to the Palmer College Quad City Bank
& Trust Endowed Scholarship Fund. Your support can
mean the difference between a student walking away
from their dreams, or allowing that same student the
ability to pursue their dreams to the fullest.