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Scholarship honoring Carley McCord created at Northwestern State University

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Posted at 8:26 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 16:19:00-05

The family of Carley McCord has established a memorial scholarship to honor the Louisiana sports reporter killed in Saturday's plane crash in Lafayette.

Created through the Northwestern State University Foundation and Alumni Association, family tells the Advocate that the scholarship will be awarded to a woman pursuing a career in sports journalism at NSU.

McCord is a 2011 graduate of NSU.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to support the scholarship. To donate, click here.

"She would have loved this scholarship because it helps women get a big break, you know?" McCord's sister Kaleigh McCord-Pederson told the Advocate. "And then once you get the break, you've got to work for it every day. And she did. I just want people to know that my sister loved what she did."

McCord was one of five passengers killed when their plane went down in a field on Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road on Saturday morning. Only one person on board survived the crash.

The National Transportation and Safety Board says that the plane, which was headed to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, crashed less than a minute after take off from Lafayette Regional Airport.

To read more on the NTSB's preliminary investigation, click here.

NSU shared the following statement about McCord's passing to their Facebook page.