Haile Murray Receives 2018 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship

March 29th, 2019 by CFCC Newswire

Haile MurrayHaile Murray, a student at Cape Fear Community College, has been named a 2018 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of their first college credential, associate degree, or certificate. Haile is one of seven students selected internationally to receive the award.

The scholarship is named for its benefactors, Mr. Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf. Lou co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community colleges as well as in the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.

Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in both the fall and spring each year.

“Without a doubt, the Oberndorf Scholarship has a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students, making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “We are grateful to the Oberndorf family for their commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients!”

“Since November of 2017 I started battling a series of unforeseen occurrences that I believed to be solved, but due to Hurricane Florence the battle to complete my degree continued,” said Murray, scholarship recipient. “This scholarship has given me the financial stability to finish my degree. I cannot express enough gratitude to the Oberndorf family for their generosity, and Phi Theta Kappa for opening the doors to such scholarships that promote and aid in the completion of community college education.”

Students may apply for the next round of Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships beginning in March.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.