University News
For Immediate Release: 
May 10 2000

Mother’s Memory Honored – McClaugherty Scholarship Established at Concord by Daughter

Athens, W.Va. - Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney announced the creation of a scholarship at Concord College in memory of Mrs. Billie Martin McClaugherty. The scholarship will serve non-traditional students who choose teacher education as a major, and was endowed by Mrs. Brenda Martin White, daughter of Mrs. McClaugherty.

White, from Pfafftown, N.C., noted that, "A degree in education from Concord College was a life-changing event in my mother’s life. My grandparents moved from Swords Creek, Va., to Athens so my mother could obtain a college education. However, these plans changed when my mother met and married my dad, Bill Martin. After starting a family and working at a local business, mother decided to pursue her lifelong dream of completing her degree. J. Therin Rogers, business manager at Concord encouraged my mother to apply for financial aid. She applied and graduated with my sister, Dianne, in 1963. In fact, at one time my mother was at Concord with both my sister and me! Mother taught in North Carolina and Lashmeet in Mercer County for a short while. She then transferred to Melrose Elementary School where she taught first grade until her retirement." 

"What a wonderful tribute to a person who recognized the importance of education and demonstrated her commitment to it by completing her college degree as a non-traditional student and by serving as an elementary teacher," stated Douglas Machesney. "Through this scholarship, generations of students will have the opportunity to pursue careers as teachers and will perpetuate the ideals and commitments to education cherished by Mrs. McClaugherty."

"Many of our best students have been older students–non-traditionals–who have children ‘out of the nest’ and now want to teach. This scholarship will lighten the financial burden and, as important, remind all of us of Mrs. McClaugherty’s example," commented President Jerry Beasley. "It can be done!"

For more information about establishing scholarships, call 1-304-384-5317, or e-mail the office of development at brogans@concord.edu

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Concord College Notes: More than 75% of the student population receives some sort of financial aid (scholarships and need-based federal financial aid); $9.7 million was awarded in the 98/99 school year and $12.2 million in 99/00, an increase of 26%.
 

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