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Murray named winner of Lilly Scholarship

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015

William Murray, a member of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities Class of 2015, is this year’s recipient of the four-year, full-tuition Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

The scholarship, awarded through the Huntington County Community Foundation, gives Murray full tuition to Purdue University, as well as an annual $900 stipend for required books and equipment. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems Management with a future focus on cyber security.

Murray is the son of John and Teresa Murray of Huntington. During his freshman and sophomore years at HNHS he participated in Huntington 4-H Robotics, Varsity Singers and Foreign Language Clubs, as well as earning academic honor roll status. Murray’s community service included volunteering many hours at the Pulse Opera House teaching vocals and providing accompaniment during rehearsals and at the Huntington City-Township Public Library as a junior volunteer. He also participated in Adopt-a-Highway and playing music of his own composition at area nursing homes. Additionally, Murray provided his graphic design and IT expertise at Stine’s Printing and has served as accompanist for performances at the Pulse Opera House.

When invited to attend the Indiana Academy located on the campus of Ball State University, Murray accepted the challenge to move outside of his comfort zone and finish his high school career in a very different environment. While at the Academy he has been involved in Student Parliament, Coding Club, Open Mic Club, and Burris Theater. Murray also has served as the main accompanist for ISSMA, volunteered teaching French to youth through the Burris Laboratory and logged over 200 hours on the piano accompanying students in the Burris Choir.

“I would like to thank to the Huntington County Community Foundation and the scholarship committee for selecting me as the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for 2015,” wrote Murray. “A special thanks to the Lilly Endowment for creating this unique scholarship that will enable me to pay back Indiana with the knowledge I’ll obtain over the next four plus years. Also, I’d like to thank my family and the mentors in my life who have helped me make the best decisions and given me numerous opportunities to succeed.”

A total of 20 Huntington County high-school seniors applied this year. After reviewing their applications with personal information redacted and scoring them on a point system the HCCF Scholarship Committee, comprised of six community volunteers, invited eleven candidates to be interviewed. Afterward, committee members were faced with the extremely difficult choice of which three students to select for a second interview. After the second interviews and making their final decision, the scholarship committee submitted the name of their nominee and two alternates to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for approval of their selection of the Lilly scholarship recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally-accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Indiana. Their Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program staff facilitates the entire Lilly Scholarship process, from application to selection to paying the tuition bills. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.