Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program
Mission Statement: The Murphy Chamber of Scholarship Foundation was founded as a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Corporation in 2006. Our mission is to award graduating Murphy resident seniors scholarship monies to further their education, and to date has awarded $94,000 to 60 Murphy students.
The Murphy Chamber of Commerce was formed in April 2003. The Chamber, wanting to give back to Murphy, awarded scholarships of $1000 each to one Murphy resident graduate in the two school districts serving Murphy, PISD and WISD for the next few years. In 2006, the Scholarship Foundation was formed as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization within the Chamber and awarded two $1000 Foundation scholarships in 2007. Jon Lashbrook served as Chairman from the inception and continued through 2018, during which time the Foundation increased both the Foundation dollar amounts of the award, along with the number of awards presented
2019 brought new changes to our Scholarship Foundation Program. Jon Lashbrook will continue to serve as Chairman Emeritus with new Chair, Steve Dault. Unlike in previous years, the scholarship awards were not ISD boundary based. 2019’s six awards of $1500 were open to all Murphy resident students who graduated the end of the 2018-19 school year, including CTE (Career and Technical Education) students, home-school and private school students, along with our PISD and WISD college bound Murphy resident seniors.
Meet our Murphy Chamber of Commerce 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Hailey Baldwin has been a Murphy resident for 17 years. She attended Plano East Senior High. She will attend Brigham Young University and major in Business Marketing. Her favorite Murphy memory is having a Ninja Turtle painted on her face each of her high school years…even if homecoming was later that night.
Sydney Cain has lived in Murphy for 15 years. She attended Wylie High School. She will attend Collin College in the fall and plans to transfer to University of North Texas to major in Psychology. Her favorite Murphy memory is going to Maize Days with her family. Her mom was a vendor at the event and the family enjoyed helping at her booth. She also liked the music and watching fireworks with her family.
Kayla Calderon has lived in Murphy since she was about a month old (18 years). She attended Plano East Senior High. She will attend University of Notre Dame in the fall and major in Biology following a genetics and pre-med pathway. Her favorite Murphy memory is attending Maize Days with her family. They would play all day and stay for the fireworks. When she got older, she volunteered at Maize Days with her friends. She adds when September rolls around, she will really miss this tradition.
Michael Malone has lived in Murphy for 10 years. He attended Plano East Senior High. He will attend University of North Texas where he will major in Sports Management. His favorite Murphy memory is winning the city championship for basketball in 8th grade and winning back-to-back, undefeated city championships in football in 7th and 8th grade.
Veronica McDermott has lived in Murphy for almost eight years. She attended Wylie High School. She will attend University of Texas at Tyler and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her favorite Murphy memory is listening to the Murphy Sounds at Sundown concerts in the summer. Each year her family looks forward to walking down to the amphitheater, setting up blankets and chairs, and enjoying great music and the beautiful Texas weather.
Katie Williams has lived in Murphy her entire life, 18 years. She attended Wylie High School. She will attend University of North Texas and major in anthropology. Her favorite Murphy memory is when Santa would come through her neighborhood on the Murphy Fire Department fire truck. She loved going outside with her family and kids on her street to see such an exciting celebrity riding on top of the engine.
Meet our Murphy Chamber of Commerce 2019 Scholarship Recipients
Rohan Mehta has been a Murphy resident since 2010. He attended Plano East Senior High. He will attend UT Austin and major in Biomedical Engineering. His favorite memories of living in Murphy are volunteering at the Boggess Elementary carnival each year, as well as shopping for groceries with his stepmom at Sprouts.
Avery Moore has lived in Murphy for 15 years. She attended Plano East Senior High. She will attend University of Oklahoma and major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She describes her favorite memory of living in Murphy, “There’s a tradition at Plano East where the show choirs go out to lunch at Country Burger every Friday. Some of my favorite memories have been at Country Burger where I’m surrounded by all my friends having a good time.”
Janice Rotich has lived in Murphy since 2008. She attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She will attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Neuroscience. Her favorite memory of living in Murphy is going to Foxii’s every Wednesday night with her family for their wing special. She said, “If we chose to order takeout instead, Mikeala the waitress would recognize my voice every time I called and would know my exact order before I even said it.”
Megan Snopik has lived in Murphy for eight years. She attended Wylie High School. She will attend the University of Texas in Austin and major in Government (political science). Her favorite memory of living in Murphy is running along the green belt paths and walking to the night concerts at the amphitheater.
Jacob Walker has lived in Murphy for 12 years. He attended Bishop Lynch High School. He will attend Oklahoma State University and major in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering. His favorite memory of living in Murphy is the block parties they had on their street when he was growing up. He said, “It was a lot of fun to hang out with the other kids and eat really good food.”
Andre Williams has lived in Murphy for 14 years. He attended Wylie High School. He will attend Make School Product College in San Francisco and major in Computer Science. He describes his favorite memory of living in Murphy, “When I was eight years old, my dad, sisters and I went bike riding on Murphy Road. Halfway to our destination, my dad ran over a nail resulting in a flat tire. A man, who lived on Murphy Road and had witnessed our misfortune, came out to fix my dad’s tire and we were able to continue on our bike ride. That stranger’s actions showed us the friendliness of Murphy residents and what it means to live in a loving community.”
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Murphy, TX 75094
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