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

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