Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program
The Murphy Chamber of Commerce was formed in April 2003. The Chamber, wanting to give back to Murphy, decided to award scholarships of $1000 each to one (1) Murphy resident graduate in the two (2) school districts serving Murphy, PISD and WISD. The Chamber itself awarded these scholarships in 2005 and 2006. Realizing what this could become the Scholarship Foundation was formed as a spinoff from the Chamber, as a 501C3 Non-Profit in 2006 and first awarded two (2) $1000 scholarships in 2007. Jon Lashbrook has served as Chairman since the beginning and has managed the process as we increased both the size and number of awards over the years.
In 2016, we awarded $11000! We reviewed 60 applications and awarded six (6) $1500 scholarships, three (3) into each school district. In addition, with the aid of the first grant ever awarded by the Murphy Community Development Corporation (MCDC), we awarded four (4) $500 Teacher Grants, two (2) each into WISD and PISD! Lashbrook expressed great pleasure in remarking, “we are so proud to have awarded $64,000 to Murphy graduates and their exceptional teachers! It is my opinion that of all the great things our Chamber does, our Scholarship Foundation is the best!”
2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Out of 42 applicants from WISD, winners were Addie Barch, Alex Bradley and Kaleigh Callender. Addie was Captain of the Speech and Debate team as a Senior and participated in choir and National Honor Society. She is attending Brigham Young University as an English Major. Alex was Drum Major for The Wylie Band and performed in the Academic Decathlon and Quiz Bowl. He also was in National Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. He is attending Trinity University, majoring in Chemistry. Kaleigh is attending Mississippi State University, majoring in Accounting. Kaleigh was Senior Lieutenant of the Pirate Pacesetter Dance team and served on Student Council. She, too, was in NHS.
In PISD, scholarships were awarded to Amarachi Ngwakwe, Kennedy Gosnell and Christina Hoffman. Amarachi is enrolled at UT in Austin and is majoring in International Relations and Global Studies. At PESH, she was Captain of the Track team and was very active in Girl Scouts. She was in NHS and plans to become a Pediatrician when her education is complete. Kennedy was in National Honor Society, too plus played volleyball and enjoyed volunteering at Children’s Medical Center . She plans a medical career as a Neonatologist. She is attending Oklahoma, majoring in Biology. Christina is attending SMU as a Distinguished BBA Scholar, studying real estate finance. She was in NHS and participated in theatre, dance, choir and gymnastics.
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The mission of the Murphy Chamber of Commerce is to promote and strengthen business relationships, offer solutions for their needs, and create the best community in which to work, live and grow a business.
The Murphy Chamber is a non-profit organization.
Office: Inside City Hall, First Floor, 206 N Murphy Road, Murphy
Mailing Address: 120 E FM 544, Suite 72, PMB 157, Murphy, TX 75094
Chamber Executive Director: Debra Mandala
2016 Scholarship Recipients
From L-R: PISD recipients Amarachi Ngwakwe and Kennedy Gosnell, Jon Lashbrook, State Farm Insurance; Murphy Chamber Scholarship Foundation Chairman, WISD recipient Alex Bradley, PISD recipient Kaleigh Callender, and Wylie ISD recipient Addie Barch. Missing from photo PISD recipient Christina Hoffman.