Scott MacLaughlin Remembered Through Scholarship
Shortly after his death in June, 2013, the Scott MacLaughlin Scholarship was established to commemorate the life of Scott, an amazing man who make a difference in the lives of countless students at Cowley College.
Having graduated from Cowley College just a few years earlier, Scott was on familiar territory when he returned in the fall of 1996; this time to lead the technical theatre program alongside mentor and friend Dejon Ewing.
Over the course of the seventeen years that he served in the theatre department both as director and technical theatre director, Scott helped to provide scholarships and mentoring opportunities to numerous students, several of which had never previously considered theatre as an option. Many of us were blessed with a front row seat as we watched him recruit backcountry welders, small town kids from broken families, and high school drama students – some who had never set foot in a working theatre. He molded them into scene designers, seamstresses, actors and actresses.
Through the theatre scholarships and direction that Scott provided, students were given not only an opportunity to put their technical and theatrical skills to work, but also earned a shot at a college degree.
Scott understood firsthand the chance that Cowley
College presented for offering a new direction in life. His own path
had been touched deeply and rerouted while he was a student at Cowley.
He came, unsure of his academic fortitude and what the future held
for him. When he left with an associate’s degree, he had confidence
in himself as a student, a theatre scholarship to Kansas State University,
and a route that he directed.
His legacy will live on in the halls of Cowley College through the very students to whom he dedicated so much of his life.