Long family endows MacMurray with a scholarship

July 9, 2019 | 3:33 PM

MacMurray College received a $30,500 endowment from the family of 1947 graduate Elizabeth “Betty” Ingram Long that will fund an annual scholarship in memory of her name. 

The Elizabeth “Betty” Ingram Long Scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in the field of nursing or education, with an emphasis on children with special needs. Long, who passed away at the age of 90 in 2016, spent much of her life as an educator, mostly teaching physical education to blind and disabled students at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville. 

The announcement was made at Cedarhurst in Jacksonville on July 1 by members of the Long family which included Elizabeth’s husband, Scott Long, a resident of Cedarhurst, along with daughter, Marilyn Mayberry, and son, Ray Long. The family signed the agreement with MacMurray’s Interim President Beverly Rodgers and Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Jennifer Benanti. 

The family said the scholarship is their way of giving something back to Long’s alma mater as well as the alma mater of her granddaughter, Amy Tapscott, who graduated from MacMurray College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

The first scholarship will be awarded this coming fall semester. Usually, an endowed scholarship will accrue interest for 12 months before awarding the first scholarship, but the Long family decided to include additional money so the scholarship can be offered immediately. 

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