The Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship

The Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship is provided by our foundation as way 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!

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. Scholarship will be awarded directly to the honoree upon presentation of a PAID tuition bill or payment plan accepted by the school.


Friday, April 15th 2022


Application Checklist:
  • Applicant is a member of the PVMHS 2022 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.

The deadline has now passed, thank you to everyone who has submitted an application! Our committee is currently reviewing applications and will make a selection shortly, please check back!

Congratulations to our 2021 Recipient Winner, Paulina Straticos!

The Peabody Education Foundation is proud to announce the winner of the second “Cara E. Murtagh Memorial Scholarship”.  Six applications were received, and Paulina Straticos was unanimously selected as the recipient.  Paulina was selected based upon accomplishments in the areas of academics, leadership, community service and her proven interest in a career in the field of education.

This scholarship was established to honor Cara’s memory, her dedication and commitment to education, and her love for the school children of Peabody. Cara will always be remembered for her kind and loving personality, her enthusiasm and flawless attention to detail, and ability to develop strong relationships with students, teachers, and administrators. Paulina possesses the same passion for education and will clearly follow the career path she has chosen. She will be a strong advocate for all children and will impart the importance of a good education on every child she encounters.

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

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