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.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
From L-R: Jacob Walker, Andre Williams, Megan Snopik, Avery Moore, Rohan Mehta and Janice Rotich. (Photo courtesy of Karen Chaney, Murphy Messenger)
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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