MMA joins three local foundations to create Mexico Community Scholarship

Missouri Military Academy proudly introduces the Mexico Community Scholarship, which will make it possible for promising young men in Mexico to attend Missouri Military Academy. The program is a joint venture between the Miriam Arnold Edmonston Foundation, the Griffin Family Foundation and the Stribling Foundation, all of Mexico.

Mexico residents in grades 6-12 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. A committee of MMA and sponsoring foundation representatives will select the scholarship recipient(s). One or more candidates will be selected each year to receive the Mexico Community Scholarship, which is renewable.

“We are excited about the prospect of working with these three foundations to give a deserving young person the gift of a lifetime: a world-class education,” Academy President Charles McGeorge said.

Recipients of the Mexico Community Scholarship will be known as Stribling Scholars in honor of Mexico and MMA leaders Charles R. Stribling, Jr. and Charles R. Stribling III ’44. Charles Stribling Jr. came to Mexico in 1920 to teach at the Academy, eventually becoming its president during the Great Depression, when he managed the school through difficult financial times. He spearheaded an effort to establish the Academy as a non-profit in 1948 and served as chairman of the board of trustees until his death in 1983. Charles Stribling III was born in Mexico to Charles Stribling Jr. and his wife, Ruth Cauthorn Stribling.

A graduate of Missouri Military Academy, Charlie Stribling III followed in his father’s footsteps as teacher, administrator, president and chairman of the board. He retired as president in 1993 and as board chair in 2008; remains chairman emeritus of the board of trustees.

“We are honored to be the chosen avenue for such a noble cause,” McGeorge said. “We are proud to foster success in the town which founded our Academy and continue the legacy of the Striblings, who were active citizens of our community.”