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M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation gives $125,000 to JCCC to support scholarships for single parents

December 20, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College Foundation received a $125,000 gift from the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation to support students who are single parents. The charitable foundation, based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is a long-time supporter of the college, having supported scholarships, visual and performing arts, oral healthcare, childcare and other initiatives at JCCC for nearly 25 years.

"We are very grateful that a major national foundation has shown such interest in our college," said Dr. Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. "This generous gift will help our college prepare our students for the future."

Murdock R. Hudson and his family were owners of Hudson Oil Co., founded in 1932 in Kansas City, Kan. Hudson Oil was sold to Great Northern Refinery in 1966, at which time Hudson formed a new company, Fisca Oil Co. Inc. Fisca Oil operated service stations and convenience stores in 125 locations throughout the country. M.R. Hudson died in 1999.

The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation was formed in 1991 to continue M.R. and Evelyn Hudson’s interest in "helping those who help themselves through projects that create lasting fundamental change in our areas of interest," according to information provided by the Hudson Foundation. One of the Hudson Foundation's focus areas is education, where it partners with organizations that use innovative methods to reduce the dropout rate, increase academic performance and help young adults make better choices and prepare for the future.

In 1993, the couple established the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation Scholarship endowment at JCCC to help single parents increase their marketable skills through business, computer, journalism, art and technology studies. Today the endowment stands at nearly $380,000 and provides scholarships for up to 13 students annually.

"The first grant our Foundation ever made was to Johnson County Community College, and this gift represents the continuation of a relationship that began in the 1990s," said M.K. Larson, president of the Hudson Family Foundation and M.R.'s granddaughter. "Being a JCCC alumna, I am well aware of the impact the College can make on the individual. The Hudson Foundation is interested in investments that plant positive seeds and have a long-term impact on individuals and families. We are very pleased to offer this gift to JCCC at a time when the College is making transformational change to help students now and in the future."

If you would like to join the Hudson Family Foundation in supporting JCCC students through scholarships, email Kate Allen or call her at 913-469-2712. To learn more about the JCCC Foundation, visit the Foundation website.