The Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship
The Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship is provided by our foundation to honor our dear friend Cara’s memory. On a yearly basis, we will be awarding a PVMHS senior with a scholarship to help with their college education. Cara was an active member of our foundation where she spearheaded many of our programs and events. After Cara’s passing, the Murtagh family had generously asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Peabody Education Foundation. Donations and messages came in from across the country attesting to the love and admiration so many shared for her. Through this scholarship, we hope to preserve Cara’s dedication and commitment to the education of the school children of Peabody for years to come.
The Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a PVMHS Senior who:
Is interested in the field of Education
Is engaged in the community
Possesses a strong work ethic
Has achieved good academic standing
Demonstrates excellent preparation & organizational skills
Congratulations to our 2023 Recipient Winners, Sydney Campbell & Siobhan Smith!
On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, David Gravel, President & Chairman of the Board, joined with Peabody Education Foundation members, Mrs. Carol Murtagh, Kim Murtagh, and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Johnson of the Splaine Family Trust, to present Sydney Campbell and Siobhan Smith with the 2023 Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship. The PEF selected Sydney and Siobhan as a result of their tenacity and devotion to pursuing a career in education.
Siobhan feels that “education plays a crucial role in societal development and is essential for creating an informed and engaged society. It empowers individuals to participate in the democratic process, advocate for their rights, and contribute to their communities. Education promotes social mobility and reduces inequality by providing opportunities for individuals to break free from poverty and achieve their full potential.” Sydney believes that having an understanding teacher is essential for foresting a comfortable and safe school experience. “Children should feel safe and welcomed wherever they go. I want to become a teacher that children look up to and think of me as someone they can trust. Education is important when you are young because it is the steppingstone to their future.”
The PEF established this scholarship to honor Cara’s memory, her dedication and commitment to education, and her love for the school children of Peabody. She will always be remembered for her kind and loving personality, her enthusiasm, flawless attention to detail, and her ability to develop strong relationships with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. While the PEF gives out one scholarship a year, this year, through the generosity of the Splaine Family Trust, we were thrilled to be able to offer a second scholarship. Donald Johnson, Sr., Trustee of the Splaine Family Trust, stated he is thrilled to assist these young ladies in furthering their academic career and commended them for striving to develop their full potential and furthering the legacy of Cara Murtagh.
“Sydney and Siobhan both demonstrate their resolve to better the lives of future generations in their daily work. They will respect their students, regardless of their age and skill, and make them feel special, important, and unique,” stated David Gravel. “They both possess a passion for teaching and working with children which personifies the life of Cara Murtagh.”
“Dream Big, Never Give Up, Do Your Best, Set a Good Example and Have a Generous Heart.”
2022 Recipient Winner, Gabriella Drinkwater!
2021 Recipient Winner, Paulina Straticos!
2020 Recipient Winner, Kassidy Butt!
Peabody Education Foundation
The Peabody Education Foundation provides unique programs and advanced technology to thousands of students and teachers who might otherwise not enjoy such experiences due to budget constraints.
P.O. Box 233
Peabody, MA 01960