McCormick Scholarship Spotlight from Executive Director, Natalie Murdock

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I recently had the opportunity to meet four sisters, who each benefited, in different years, from the Foundation’s McCormick Scholarship.  To make it even better, the two long-time public education supporters, whose family started the scholarship joined the meeting as well, Jack and Carolyn Hembree.

On a hot July night, over a nice dinner, we connected.  We learned about these four outstanding young women and their future plans.  One sister just starting her college career, and one about to apply for medical school.   We heard stories from Carolyn and Jack about their travels, teaching and so many lovely experiences they have had.  It was wonderful! It was a reminder to me, why the work of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools is so important and why I am so grateful for people like Jack and Carolyn, and the four Ehie sisters!

The Clifton & Lorane McCormick Scholarship provides support to an African American student graduating from Central High School and attending a public university in the state of Missouri.  The fund was established in 2004 by Clifton and Lorane’s children, Carlolyn Hembree and Clifford McCormick.

Just this past May, Goodnews Ehie, the youngest of the Ehie children received the scholarship.  In 2019 Glory Ehie received the scholarship.  In 2015 Ruth Ehie received the scholarship.  In 2013, oldest sister Deborah Ehie received the scholarship.   Meeting them was an honor, and to see them making their own mark on the world, is a reminder that what we do today, makes a difference in someone’s life tomorrow.