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Judson awards Crawford International Student Scholarships

Marion, Ala. – Judson College has awarded Lawrence and Gloria Crawford International Student Scholarships to Kai Bu and Yaw Nam.

Kai Bu, a native of Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, is an English major in her third year at Judson. Kai is an active student who has participated in Judson Singers and in Chapel worship ministry teams. She has also been taking piano lessons in the Music Department for the past two years. After graduation, she plans to return to Myanmar and participate in the teaching ministry at Kachin Theological College and Seminary.

Yaw Nam, a Judson senior, is also a native of Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, and is majoring in music with a concentration in piano performance. Yaw Nam is a member of Judson Singers and FAITH Ensemble and plays piano at Pine Grove Baptist Church.  Upon her graduation, she plans to return to Myanmar to teach music at Kachin Theological College and Seminary.

The Lawrence and Gloria Crawford International Student Scholarship was established in 2016 by Marion resident George Crawford in memory of his parents, Lawrence and Gloria Crawford. The scholarship provides tuition assistance, as well as a stipend for personal use, for international students attending Judson College.

Lawrence Crawford and Gloria Huey met in the 1940s as college students–she a student at Huntingdon College and he a veterinary student at Auburn University. The two later married and moved to Mobile, where Dr. Crawford founded his veterinary practice. Mrs. Crawford played an integral role in the establishment and management of the Crawford clinic. The Crawfords moved to Marion in 1946, where Mrs. Crawford assisted her husband in the operation of his new practice in Perry County and helped to superintend the family farm. Dr. Crawford died in 2004, and Mrs. Crawford died in 2016.

“I really thank God that He chose me to come and study here with my wonderful Judson family,” said Kai Bu. She said she is thankful to Crawford and other donors who support scholarship programs at Judson because institutional scholarships allow her to study “without worrying financially.” Donor gifts, she promised, will have far-reaching effects on the other side of the globe: “We will use not only the education we have received here, but also the lives of faith in God we have continued at Judson, in service to our Kachin people.”

For more information about the Lawrence and Gloria Crawford Scholarship for International Students, or to contribute to the Lawrence and Gloria Crawford Memorial Endowed Scholarship for International Students Fund, contact the Judson College Office of Institutional Advancement at 334.683.5109.