The Barbara Murphy Single Parent Scholarship was founded in 2019 and is awarded annually in October at our Scholarship Celebration. Jim and Nancy Murphy created this scholarship in honor of Jim’s mother, Barbara, which provides an additional scholarship to a single parent who is balancing recovery, parenting, and education. These funds can be used for anything that will help ease the burdens of single parents.
Words cannot explain the gratitude and joy I have for you all. When I received the Barbara Murphy Scholarship, the week prior was so overwhelming, and I was about to throw in the towel while asking myself “Why am I even doing all this, and what is the point anyways?”
But God threw the towel back at me and said, “Keep going Erica….I got you!” Only for me to turn around and unexpectedly be rewarded with the Barbara Murphy Scholarship! Whenever the “stinking thinking” tries to discourage me all I have to do is think about that night alone and everything changes; the drive, motivation, determination, and hard work. Now, I can answer my own question, “This is why I am continuing, this is why I cannot quit, no matter what!” This organization and the many people I have met along the way are very dear to me and I probably would not be sitting here working on my final research project if it wasn’t for you.
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