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 2017, we again awarded $11,000! We reviewed 60+ applications and awarded six (6) $1,500 scholarships, three (3) into each school district (PISD and WISD). 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 each district which serve our Murphy kids (PISD and WISD)! Lashbrook expressed great pleasure in remarking, “We are so proud to have awarded $63,000 to Murphy graduates and $7000 to their exceptional teachers since the Foundations inception! It is my opinion that of all the great things our Chamber does, our Scholarship Foundation is the best!”
2017 Scholarship Recipients:
In PISD, scholarships were awarded to April Coffie, Ali Larson and Charles McCurdy. April loves Fashion Design and will attend Pepperdine. She wants to be a Merchandise Product Developer. Ali played the lead in PESH’s production of Peter Pan. She will attend Stephen F Austin and would like to be a Special Ed teacher, working with deaf children. Charles wants to be a doctor and will study at UTD. He earned his Eagle Scout in 2014 and was Captain of the Cross Country team in 2016.
We considered 30 applications from WHS and selected Samuel Gagnon-Hartman, Tyler Weathers and Emma Westhora for our awards. Samuel will attend McGill University to study Physics. He would like to be a Research Scientist. He was President of Wylie National Honor Society in 2016. Tyler wants to be an Occupational Therapist. She will attend Texas Tech and her plans include a Master’s Degree. Emma wants to be a Registered Nurse and will attend BYU this fall. She was very active in theatre at WHS, starring in multiple productions. She also was quite involved in Student Government, culminating in her election to Student Body President as a Senior.Selected for Teacher Grants were Laurie Maddux and Michael Abney from PISD and Angela Wewerka and Micah Rice from WISD. These exceptional teachers all worked with Murphy youth this past school year and best made their cases to receive recognition.Laurie has been teaching kindergarteners for 15 years and currently teaches Kindergarten at Boggess Elementary. She plans to use her award to buy books and games to promote reading and social-emotional learning. Michael teaches AVID at McMillen High School and has since 2011. He will use his Grant to purchase a buzzer and light set so that his students can learn difficult concepts game show style.Angela has been teaching for 10 years and currently teaches 4th grade math and Texas History at Tibbals Elementary. She plans to use her $500 award to buy STEAM supplies for science classes next year. Micah teaches 8th grade at Cooper Junior High. He plans to purchase Arduinos with his Grant. Arduinos are an open-source electronics platform that will help students understand electrical and mechanical engineering through hands-on application.
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The mission of the Murphy Chamber of Commerce is to promote and strengthen business relationships through membership, offer solutions for their needs and create the best community in which to work 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: Juli Richards
2017 Scholarship Recipients
From L-R: WISD recipients Samuel Gagnon-Hartman and Tyler Weathers, PISD recipient Ali Larson, Jon Lashbrook, State Farm Insurance; Murphy Chamber Scholarship Foundation Chairman, PISD recipient April Coffeie, WISD recipient Emma Westhora, and PISD recipient Charlie McCurdy.