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 $2,500 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

Is self-motivated

Submit Your Application Today!

Applicants for this scholarship must be interested in the field of Education. This scholarship will be awarded to a Peabody High School Senior who possesses a strong work ethic, demonstrates excellent preparation and organizational skills, is engaged in the community, has achieved good academic standing and is self-motivated. Please use the online form below to submit your application!

Students selected to interview with the Scholarship Committee will be contacted to schedule a date and time in May. Students will receive notification by mail if they have not been selected for an interview. Scholarship will be awarded directly to the recipient upon receipt of a PAID tuition bill or payment plan accepted by the school.

This year, we are thrilled to present a second scholarship through the generosity of the Splaine Family Trust!


Friday, April 14th 2023


Application Checklist:
  • Applicant is a member of the PVMHS 2023 graduating class who is planning to major in the field of education.
  • Each candidate will be required to submit a 250–350-word essay explaining the “importance of education and how it impacts your life”.
  • Each candidate will submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.
  • Applicant submits academic transcript.
  • Applicant submits a list of community service programs or organizations they are involved with, including dates of service.

Submit your application below!

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  • Academic Information

  • Please list schools and area of study you are considering
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  • Community Service

  • Please include: Organization Name, Activity and Date(s) Involved. (Attach resume with additional information if needed):
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Congratulations to our 2022 Recipient Winner, Gabriella Drinkwater!

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, David Gravel, President & Chairman of the Board joined with members of the Peabody Education Foundation and Mrs. Carol Murtagh to present Gabriella Drinkwater with the 2022 “Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship”. The PEF unanimously selected Gabriella, based upon her accomplishments in the areas of academics, leadership, community service and a proven interest in pursuing a career in the field of education. Gabriella will be attending Westfield State University in the fall and will major in Elementary Education.

The PEF established the 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 and flawless attention to detail, and her ability to develop strong relationships with students, teachers, parents, and administrators.  Gabriella possesses that same passion, in her essay she states, “education provides the foundation to succeed in life and provides me with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. The roadmap for success lies before me and it falls on me to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.”

“Gabriella is a well-rounded student who is clearly committed to excellence and working toward the best possible chance for a bright future,” stated David Gravel, President, and Chairman of the Board. “She has applied herself throughout High School, taking challenging classes preparing her to think on a higher level while helping to prepare her for the demands of life in College. She is the perfect choice for this prestigious scholarship.”

“Dream Big, Never Give Up, Do Your Best, Set a Good Example and Have a Generous Heart.”

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