The Foundation Awards $11,400 in Scholarships to Ten Winchendon Residents from The F. Leo Murray & Irene Murray Scholarship Fund


Ten Winchendon residents who graduated high school in 2018, have received scholarship awards made possible by the F. Leo Murray & Irene Murray Scholarship Fund, one of the many endowments managed by Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM).

 

F. Leo Murray and his wife, Irene, were both long-time Winchendon residents. Murray immigrated to Massachusetts from Canada, and soon established a very successful heating fuel company, earning the trust and appreciation of hundreds of area homeowners. While the Murrays never had children of their own, they wanted to give back to young people in their community, which is what motivated them to establish the endowed scholarship fund that bears their name, and benefits Winchendon students.

 

This year, ten individuals received awards ranging up to $2,000. Three award recipients will be attending Fitchburg State University, three award recipients will be attending Mount Wachusett Community College and the remaining 4 recipients will be attending UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell and Worcester State University.

 

Eligible recipients include graduates of Murdock High School, or any regional secondary school of which the Town of Winchendon may be a member, or any other secondary school that a resident might attend.

 

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria, none of which are exclusive or overriding. Factors considered include:

 

  • Financial need
  • Personal character
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Intelligence and aptitude
  • Likelihood of successfully completing post-secondary education


If you would like to create a scholarship fund, or another endowed fund at Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, or you are interested in contributing to the F. Leo Murray & Irene Murray Scholarship Fund, please contact Linda Mack, lmack@cfncm.org, or call 978-345-8383, x321.



 

About Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts was created to provide a single resource that enables, supports, and simplifies the process of setting up – and contributing to - charitable endowments that can benefit and strengthen our community now, and in perpetuity. Since its founding in 2001, Community Foundation has overseen the distribution of more than $50,000,000 to positively impact the community across a broad array of initiatives, from health and human services, to education and the arts, to supporting environmental and animal welfare improvements.






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