HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, has announced establishment of the Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges School of Pharmacy Scholarship.
“Mrs. Mary Hodges is a special friend of the university, our community and to me personally,” Yingling said. “Both Mary and the late Churchill Hodges are known as community leaders. Their love for Marshall University is unparalleled as is evidenced by their generous gifts to both academic and athletic scholarship programs.”
Churchill Hodges was a two-time graduate of Marshall, earning an associate degree in chemistry in 1948 and a master’s in geography in 1953. He then received a National Science Foundation Academic Year Institute Scholarship at The Ohio State University in 1957-58. He spent 35 years as an educator in Cabell County, including classroom teaching and administrative roles as Supervisor of Science and Director of Purchasing. He passed away in 2011.
Mary Hodges attended Marshall beginning in 1950. Her professional career included working for AAA Travel Services for 21 years, serving as director of domestic travel for many of those years.
Both Mary and Churchill Hodges received honorary doctoral degrees during Marshall University’s 2009 Winter Commencement.
Mary Hodges said she created the scholarship at the School of Pharmacy in honor of Yingling for his outstanding professionalism, quality of care and genuine kindness.
The scholarship will be given to students who have a financial need and are residents of Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia, Boyd County, Ky., and Lawrence County, Ohio
The first $2,000 scholarship was awarded last week at the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony to Ashton McMackin, a resident of Ironton.