May 17: Malcolm C. McCormack (2002)

Malcolm C. McCormack was the second executive director of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, heading the organization for 11 years, 1978-1989. The foundation was created by an Act of Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd President of the United States. The act authorized the foundation to “award scholarships to persons who demonstrate outstanding potential for and who plan to pursue a career in public service” and to conduct nationwide competition to select Truman scholars. A $30,000 scholarship for graduate school education is awarded to 55-65 U.S. college juniors each year. Some noted recipients of the past include Janet Napolitano, Bill de Blasio, George Stephanopoulos, and Susan Rice.

McCormack was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in the Washington area. He was a 1945 honors graduate of Western High School. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. He worked as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and later in advertising for an insurance firm and the Washington Star newspaper. In 1967, he returned to his alma mater as executive vice president for university relations. As a fundraiser, he netted close to $100 million for the school. McCormack was a member of the University Club and the Church of the Epiphany. He served on the parish vestry as junior warden.

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