Fallen Officer's Friend's Raise Money for Memorial Scholarship
Some of her close friends and family organized the fund. They call themselves the 207 sisters because that was Molly's badge number.
"We had all gotten together after Molly's funeral, we'd all kinda fell outta touch, but we're all somehow really close to molly," says Kari Smith, a 207 sister.
In September they had a garage sale to raise money to fund a scholarship in Molly's honor. The sisters presented a $5,000 check to Columbia College for the Molly S. Thomas Bowden Scholarship. After officer Bowden died members of the community donated money to start a scholarship. That money will be added to what the 207 sisters raised.
"All the funds will be co-mingled. They will be endowed, which means they'll be here in perpetuity as long as the college is here and it will be the earnings off of those funds that will be used finally for the scholarship," explains Columbia College president Dr. Gerald Brouder.
The 207 sisters say they are planning another fundraiser to generate more money for the scholarship. Officer Bowden graduated in 2002 from Columbia College with a degree in criminal justice. The recipient of the scholarship must be a female criminal justice major with a 3.0 grade average or better.