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McCormick Jr., Alberta and E.C. Educational Fund for Business Administration
Established at the request of Mr. and Mrs. McCormick’s daughter, Suzanne Rickards, The Alberta and E.C. McCormick Jr. Educational Fund for Business Administration will benefit students in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration, specifically those pursuing coursework in the William T. and Rita Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.
E.C. McCormick was a 1923 graduate of The University of Akron. As a student, Mr. McCormick was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and also participated in football and baseball. A true entrepreneur, Mr. McCormick founded the McCormick Insurance Agency after graduation and also had interests in the trucking industry and the cattle business.
Mr. McCormick remained loyal to his alma mater as a charter member of The University of Akron Foundation, ultimately serving as its director and assisting President Emeritus Norman P. Auburn in some of the University’s earliest organized fundraising efforts, especially the initial campaign for E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Mr. McCormick was a generous and dedicated benefactor of The University of Akron until his death in 1985.
First preference for the scholarship will be given to children of employees of the McCormick Insurance Agency pursuing coursework in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. Should no qualified candidates surface under this criteria, and in the same spirit of entrepreneurship that drove Mr. McCormick in his career, second preference will be given to students taking coursework in the William T. and Rita Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.