This Sunday, Mary McCowen, a Northwestern State University alumna and friend to McCord, created a scholarship in Carley McCord's name. In honor of McCord, the scholarship aims to support other women attending NSU for sports journalism. According to McCord's family, paving a pathway for women in the male-dominated field was an important value of Carley's, and they ask the public to donate to the scholarship fund instead of sending flowers. In fact, the family has asked that any and all donations in McCord's memory be given to her fund instead of to the family as well. McCord's family will select a recipient from the pool of applicants each year.
McCord's tragic death in a Saturday morning plane crash, en route to covering the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, has shaken the Louisiana sports community. The 30-year-old graduate of NSU and LSU was a native of Baton Rouge. She served as a local substitute teacher and remote-learning English teacher when she was not working as an in-game host for the Saints and the Pelicans or as a digital media reporter for the Louisiana Hall of Fame.
McCord leaves behind her husband, Steven Ensminger Jr., who has expressed gratitude for the outpouring of public outreach but asks that the family be left to mourn in privacy until McCord's public memorial service, being planned for this week. The details of her memorial service will be announced later today.
In the meantime, those interested in honoring Carley McCord may contribute to her memorial scholarship fund by visiting northwesternstatealumni.com/donations/carley-mccord-memorial-scholarship.
Funeral arrangements can be found here.