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Creating a Legacy: The Norman and Mary Anne Davidson Scholarship Fund

When you lose someone dear to your heart, it can be devastating. Regardless of the how or why, there are many emotions to go through before those left behind begin to find peace. However, numerous studies have shown that philanthropy can be a powerful tool in the journey to healthy healing.

When you lose someone dear to your heart, it can be devastating. Regardless of the how or why, there are many emotions to go through before those left behind begin to find peace. However, numerous studies have shown that philanthropy can be a powerful tool in the journey to healthy healing. The body responds to acts of philanthropy by producing chemicals that make you feel good, such as dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin—proving there are few things in this life more enriching than knowing you have made a real difference in the lives of others. That is what leaving a legacy is all about; planning a gift that continues to grow so you can give back to the causes you care about in perpetuity.

Norman and Mary Anne were married for 71 years before his passing in 2006. Upon her death in 2020, the Norman and Mary Anne Davidson Scholarship Fund was established to honor their memory. As long-time residents of Independence, Missouri, Norman and Mary Anne were passionate about their community. Their only son, Christopher, attended William Chrisman High School, and they were involved in several local organizations, charities, and causes. Education was important to them, and they wanted to leave a legacy that would help local students for generations to come. Thus, establishing a scholarship for the community seemed the perfect way to make a significant difference in area students’ lives.

Just in time for the 2022 scholarship season, The Norman and Mary Anne Davidson Scholarship is one of Truman Heartland’s more substantial scholarship funds and one of ten new scholarships available in 2022. The Norman and Mary Anne Davidson Scholarship is open to students residing in Independence pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees or certifications. Interested students are required to carry a GPA of at least 3.0, show participation in work, caregiving responsibilities, school activities, and/or community service, and demonstrate leadership skills. This scholarship will award each student up to $8,000 per academic year and is renewable for up to four additional years!

Please take a moment to review all the Norman and Mary Anne Davidson Scholarship requirements. (https://www.thcf.org/Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Scholarships/Apply/GeneralApplication#1049339-norman-and-mary-anne-davidson-scholarship) While you’re there, you can also check out the hundreds of other scholarships available for students throughout the community.

Anne Frank once wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” When we give, we receive—not earthly possessions, but a fulfilled life. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing you have made a tangible difference in the lives of other people. This is the legacy of Norman and Mary Anne.  



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