Long-time Marion resident George Crawford established the scholarship to benefit students in the department of music and named it in honor of his mother, Gloria Huey Crawford.
“I wanted to honor my mother and Judson College,” George Crawford said. “Mother was a wonderful coloratura soprano at Huntingdon College and I heard her beautiful voice growing up, Crawford said. “She also sang the dedicatory concert when the new organ was installed at Marion Methodist Church years ago.” Mrs. Crawford, the daughter of George Bolling and Vonceil Huey, grew up in Enterprise, Ala. She enrolled at Huntingdon College and later met Lawrence Crawford, a veterinary student at Auburn University. The two 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, but Mrs. Crawford still makes Marion her home. She is a member of DAR and the Marion United Methodist Church.
“Judson College is most grateful to Mr. George Crawford for his long-standing support,” said Dr. David Potts. “We count it a privilege to honor the life of his mother in the establishment of a generous scholarship for students in the music department of the college. We believe the music department to be most fitting place for her recognition because of her accomplishments as an artist and the family’s love of music,” Potts said.
This year’s recipient of the Crawford scholarship is the daughter of William and Connie Tindale and a 2010 graduate of Cold Springs High School. Courtney Tindale is a double major in music and psychology whose extracurricular involvements include singing with the Judson Singers choir (occasionally playing her trumpet!) and playing intramural field hockey.