Pearson Family Endows Creighton Men’s Basketball Scholarship
OMAHA, Neb. – Longtime Creighton University supporters Larry and Linda Pearson established the Larry V. and Linda J. Pearson Family Starting Guard Endowed Scholarship.
The Pearsons’ investment in Creighton’s men’s basketball program will provide a perpetual annual scholarship to a student-athlete who fills one of the Bluejays’ guard positions. The endowment will allow the head coach Greg McDermott recruit and retain potential student-athletes who exemplify the integrity of the Pearson family and excel on the basketball court.
“Creighton is committed to providing our men’s basketball student-athletes with the highest level of support, and we are able to do that thanks to people like Larry and Linda,” the head coach said. Greg McDermott. “Scholarship support helps us recruit, develop and graduate successful student-athletes on and off the field. I can’t thank them enough for their belief in our program.”
Larry Pearson, who earned his MBA from Creighton in 1981, retired in 2008 after serving as executive vice president of Tenaska, president and chief executive of Tenaska’s operations group, and chairman of the management committee of Tenaska Marketing. ventures.
In 2012, Larry and Linda established the Pearson Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for Heider College of Business MBA students.
More recently, the Pearsons invested in Creighton Athletics through the Champions Circle, which was established in 2018 to provide additional funding for men’s basketball scholarships, travel, facilities and student-athlete development.
“Creighton student-athletes are people of character and exceptional competitors who represent the university and the men’s program with integrity,” said Larry Pearson. “Linda and I are incredibly proud to offer them a scholarship.”
This year’s recipient of the Larry V. and Linda J. Pearson Family Guard Endowed Scholarship is Alex O’Connell, a sociology major from Roswell, Georgia. After transferring to Creighton after three seasons at Duke University, O’Connell was a key reserve for the Bluejays last year. Now a fifth-year senior, the 6-foot-6 starting goaltender brings leadership and valuable experience to a team of eight newcomers.
The Pearson Family Scholarship is the second position-specific endowment for the men’s basketball program. The first, the Janie and Harry Hoch, Jr. Family Point Guard Endowed Scholarship, was announced in December 2019.
“We are grateful and humbled by the generous support of Larry and Linda,” said Marcus Flower, McCormick’s endowed athletic director. “Their donation will help the men’s basketball program both solidify its position as a winning program in the Big East Conference and provide student-athletes with a well-rounded experience rooted in our Jesuit traditions.”
The Pearsons’ donation aligns with a key priority of Front Blue, the Creighton University fundraising campaign. Publicly announced in October, the comprehensive campaign focuses on scholarships and support for student programs, services and spaces on the campuses of Omaha and Phoenix University.
Larry and Linda will be recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 8 when the Bluejays take on the Butler Bulldogs at CHI Health Center Omaha.