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Thomas and Harriett Murray Endowed Scholarship in Engineering

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Thomas Murray, Justin Murray, Megan Murray, and Harriet Murray
Thomas Murray, Justin Murray, Megan Murray, and Harriet Murray

Justin Murray’s parents had loaned him money to help pay for law school, and he wanted to pay them back. There was just one problem: They wouldn’t take the money.

Murray decided if he couldn’t pay the money back, he’d pay it forward. He and his wife, Megan, endowed a scholarship like those that had helped them during their own undergraduate years at UT Austin. The Thomas and Harriett Murray Endowed Scholarship in Engineering honors Justin’s parents, a police officer and a nurse.

“We established the scholarship in honor of them as a way to acknowledge the love, support, and encouragement they have provided to us and the local community,” Justin says.

The Murrays don’t want a lack of money to keep people out of school.

“Life would have been much more difficult for us if not for scholarships like this,” Megan says. “We just want to provide other students with the same opportunities we had.”

The scholarship is for engineering students, preferably those in the Longhorn Band, where the couple met.

Both earned chemical engineering degrees in 2003. Justin went on to attend law school at the University of Houston and now works for Bracewell & Giuliani LLP as an intellectual property attorney. Megan works for BP America as an engineer.

The BP matching-gifts program helped make the endowment possible. 

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