The George R. and Mary Frances Nichols Foundation recently made a $10,000 gift to Culver-Stockton College to be used toward the purchase of uniforms for the marching band, which will debut in the fall of 2020. C-SC has not had a marching band in what is believed to be at least 50 years.The foundation also has pledged to give an additional $5,000 next year for the uniforms.

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George and Frances Nichols were lifelong members of the Canton community, and they owned and operated two John Deere dealerships in Lewis County — Lewistown Implement Co. for 10 years, and Nichols Implement Co. in Canton for 50 years.  Frances Nichols died in January 2004. George Nichols died in February 2007.

They established an endowed scholarship when they retired from their business in the 1980's, and they created a not-for-profit foundation in 1999.

As well as offering support to many causes throughout Lewis County, the foundation has made several significant gifts to Culver-Stockton College. The most recent were a $25,000 donation toward the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Recreation and Wellness Center that opened in February 2017, and another $25,000 donation to the Carolyn L. and Robert W. Brown Residence Hall that opened in September 2017. The baseball field at C-SC also is named Nichols Field.

The foundation also annually selects at least two students from both Canton High School and Highland High School in Ewing to receive $500 scholarships that are renewable for eight semesters of college.

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