Our HistoryThe late Ward S. Merrick, Jr. had a vision to create a scholarship that would benefit students from middle income families who needed assistance to fulfill the dream of attending a college, university or vocational-technical school.
Together with his son Frank W. Merrick, they created the Greater Ardmore Scholarship Foundation (GASF) in 1990. Ardmore and Plainview High School graduates were the only schools eligible until 1997, when the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation began funding all surrounding Carter County schools. This broadened the scope of service and enabled all Carter County students to be eligible to receive the scholarship.
In August of 2014, under the leadership of Jeni Merrick Baker, with a new vision to expand avenues of support, the organization was renamed The MORE Foundation, with The MORE Scholarship falling under the auspices of the foundation’s educational pursuits. The MORE Foundation has been in operation for more than 24 years as a result of the generosity and contributions of the citizens of Carter County and private foundations. A non-profit organization, The MORE Foundation through The MORE Scholarship, has awarded approximately nine million dollars in scholarships since 1990.