Feb 6th, 2004 @ 4:59 pm | Author:
Dr. Richard R. and Ardis L. McCready of Sun City West, Arizona, announce the establishment of the McCready Scholars Endowment at Valley City State University. The endowment will provide scholarships for outstanding students. Each McCready Scholar will receive full funding for tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board. The scholarship will be re-awarded annually for a maximum of four years of support to Scholars who maintain a 3.5 grade point average or above and make yearly progress toward their degree. Students in any academic discipline may qualify as McCready Scholars.

The McCready’s have established the fund with a current gift of stocks and a binding pledge from their estate, estimated to be in excess of $1,000,000. The first scholarship will be awarded when the interest on the fund is enough to support a student for four years of college study.

Dr. Richard R. McCready was a member of the VCSU class of 1949. He served many years as a Professor of Quantitative Systems at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. In 1982, the VCSU Alumni Association presented Dr. McCready with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Ardis McCready was a member of the VCSU class of 1947 and served many years as a legal secretary and a public school teacher.

According to Dr. Ellen Chaffee, president of Valley City State University, "The McCready Scholars Endowment represents the largest gift in the history of Valley City State, and a major commitment to the university and its students. The McCready’s are making a lasting impact on attracting outstanding students to Valley City State University. We are extremely thankful for this wonderful gift."