McCormick honors 2014 Unsung Heroes and Awards $72,000 in Scholarships to Claire Ford of Notre Dame Prep and Matt Stambaugh of Eastern Technical High School

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SPARKS, Md., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- McCormick & Company, Inc. (MKC), a global leader in flavor, today announced that Claire Ford of Notre Dame Prep and Matt Stambaugh of Eastern Technical High School are the 74th and 75th recipients of the Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship.  Established in 1969, the scholarship currently has a four-year value of $36,000 for each student-athlete.

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McCormick honors Claire Ford of Notre Dame Prep and Matt Stambaugh of Eastern Technical High School

The scholarship winners were chosen from a total of 113 candidates who were the Unsung Heroes from 72 Baltimore area public, private, parochial and independent schools. Claire and Matt are seniors, a requirement of the program.

Claire had the challenge of being shifted to a new position in her senior year to be the basketball team point guard.  She took the responsibility with a maturity and commitment and served as a role model for her teammates.  Her coach, Katie Marks said, "She is respected by her peers for her work ethic and her selfless attitude, despite almost always being the smallest person on the court.  She will do almost anything she can to always put the team ahead of herself."

Matt was a five-foot-nine-inch, 165-pound guard on the Eastern Technical football team who did not let his size limit his impact.  He excelled by perfecting his technique and being in peak condition.  His coach, Marc Mesaros said, "Matt has the heart of a champion and plays like that on every play.  He probably will not play college football, but he will be an excellent father, son and community member for the rest of his life, and everyone that has been associated with him will be a better person."

The late Charles Perry McCormick founded the McCormick Unsung Heroes program in 1940 to recognize athletes for unselfish team play and highlight the efforts of those who contribute to the success of their teams without acclaim.  In 1969, the scholarship was added to the program in his honor.

The keynote remarks were given by Kyle Maynard, best-selling author, motivational speaker and athlete who was born with arms that end at the elbow and knees that end near the knees.

More than 700 Baltimore area officials, school administrators, coaches and family members attended the event on May 5th.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with more than $4 billion in annual sales. McCormick manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses – in more than 125 countries and territories.  Since Willoughby M. McCormick founded the company selling root beer extract in 1889, McCormick has demonstrated a strong commitment to the communities in which it operates and the planet as a whole. Innovation in flavor and a clear focus on employee engagement and product quality has allowed McCormick to grow its business globally and become the flavor leader it is today.  For more information, visit

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