The Student Clothes Closet

Williamson College of the Trades provides a three-year, post-secondary trade education to financially deserving young men. Each scholarship awarded includes tuition, room, meals and books for three years. In return, students agree to adhere to Williamson’s values-based curriculum, as well as participate in the maintenance and daily operations of the campus, keeping Williamson’s costs to a minimal compared with other institutions of higher learning.

A Williamson education is unique as students are required to attend 6:45 a.m. lineup and inspection, followed by mandatory chapel service daily. After a full day of academic courses and trade-related instruction, each student must retire to his dormitory room by 10:00 p.m. A critical aspect of this rigorous curriculum is the college’s dress code. Students must report for chapel, academic classes and meals wearing a sport coat, dress slacks, dress shirt, tie and polished dressshoes.

Generally, Williamson students come from families who cannot afford the tuition costs at other post graduate institutions. In addition, the rigorous schedule they must follow at Williamson limits opportunity for part-time employment. These factors often create financial difficulties for students in meeting the college’s required dress code.

To meet this need, Williamson has made donated clothing available to students on an as-needed basis through what has become known as The Clothes Closet. In recent years, this program has grown from a small collection of used clothing into a well-used men’s clothing shop. Here we provide sport coats, suits, slacks, socks, ties, belts, shoes, and coats of all styles, sizes and for all kinds of weather. The demand is high! As soon as volunteers stock the shelves, the students eagerly take what they need and soon the shelves and racks are sparse again!

The program’s success can be attributed to a generous grant from The Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation and the dedication of faithful volunteers and volunteer project manager, who accepts and solicits donations from alumni and friends of Williamson. The volunteer team works faithfully to sort, wash, iron, dry clean, mend, and tag all incoming clothing. (Minor alterations are also made in the Clothes Closet.) The clothes are then made available to our students at no cost to them on a first come first serve basis. The Clothes Closet is open for business one or two days each week.

We are grateful to all those who care for the needs of our students through donations to The Clothes Closet. We appreciate all items that are clean and ready for our students to use and enjoy, as our budget is very limited for dry cleaning and other expenses. Thank you for your support of the Williamson Clothes Closet! There wouldn’t be one without you!


Donations of new or gently used men’s clothing to the Clothes Closet can be delivered to Williamson’s Reception Office, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 610-566-1776 or e-mail