March 25, 2014
The North Central Missouri College Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship established by W.W. “Pete” and Dolores Peery of Walla Walla, Washington. All students at North Central Missouri College who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate financial need are invited to apply for this scholarship.
This is the third fund organized by Pete Peery for NCMC students. Wendell Wallace Peery (Pete) and other former Trenton athletes established a scholarship to Trenton Junior College in 1992 in honor of former THS and TJC coach C.F. Russell, and that scholarship continues to support Grundy County athletes attending NCMC. Later, Mr. Peery and his wife, the former Dolores Williams of Trenton, created the Peery Emergency Loan Fund for students which allows them to borrow funds for a short time to help them through financial crunch periods.
A native of Edinburgh, Pete graduated from Trenton High School in 1949. As a senior he was selected as the All-Conference fullback for the championship Trenton Bulldogs football team. After serving in the U.S. Army in 1953-55 as an Artillery Officer, Pete entered into a general law practice in Buffalo, Missouri. In 1960, he moved west to work in the trust department of the Los Angeles and Hollywood Branch of Bank of America. He later worked as a special FBI agent before deciding to concentrate his career in the banking industry. The Peerys moved to the Northwest, where Pete worked in trust departments of various financial institutions. His career culminated as the president, chairman, and chief executive officer of the Bank of Commerce in Walla Walla, Washington. He is the son of Wallace and Hazel Peery and Dolores is the daughter of Womp and Amy Williams. They have two sons and three grandchildren.
“Named scholarships are a great way for individuals or families to leave a lifetime legacy while helping deserving students achieve their higher education goals,” commented Teresa J. Cross, Director of the NCMC Foundation. “We are very pleased to have the W.W. “Pete” and Dolores Peery Scholarship available for deserving students.”