LaGrange Rotary Club—Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship

Walter Murphy portrait

The Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship was established in 1998 with the help of the Callaway Foundation as the club’s project for LaGrange Rotary’s 75th anniversary in 1997. Named for our late friend and fellow member Walter Murphy—past president of our club, past district governor and past president of LaGrange College—the scholarship honors his commitment to education and service.

Four recipients who have a record of volunteerism or service above self along with financial need are chosen annually by LaGrange College. They exemplify Walter Murphy’s commitment to the college as they maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or higher and dedicate their time to helping others.


2023 Recipients

  • Michael Haase is a junior Sports Management major from Sharpsburg. He is a student-athlete who plays defender on the Panther Men’s Soccer Team. He is a current member of the Sports Management Club and a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Michael says he was drawn to LaGrange by the beautiful campus, smaller class sizes, soccer and all of the resources the college offers for him to be successful in his chosen career.

  • Brett Cody is a senior Accounting major from Senoia. Brett was a transfer student, coming to LaGrange College after spending his freshman year at the University of North Georgia. He participates in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry here on campus and is a worship leader at Teaver Road Baptist Church in LaGrange. He enjoys running and playing golf in his free time. Brett was drawn to LaGrange because he heard about the excellent teaching here and, “I have not been disappointed,” he said.

  • Margaret “Maggie” Dattilo is a senior Psychology major from Peachtree City. Maggie is new to LaGrange, transferring this year from Shorter University. Maggie is also a student-athlete, playing midfield on the Panther Women’s Soccer Team. According to Maggie, soccer and the amazing, small community atmosphere brought her to LaGrange. A strong Christian, she is very close with her friends and family and is excited to be able to attend college close to home.

  • Colin Jones is a sophomore from Duluth. He is an infielder on the baseball team and is majoring in Sports Management. Colin notes that he is focused on his academics and baseball but is still trying to figure out some things on campus that might pique his interests as far as clubs and organizations.

Goal & Progress

LaGrange College and the LaGrange Rotary Club strive to double the existing endowment, and our hope is to continue providing opportunities for future students. To date, 120 students have received support from the Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship with a total $234,630 awarded. This year, an average $5,175 was awarded per student.


Join the Effort

Walter Y. Murphy scholarship recipients

Contribute to the 25th Anniversary Campaign for the Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund now and your gift will be matched by the Callaway Foundation. Don’t miss this chance to double your contribution and provide financial assistance to many more students at LaGrange College! This amazing opportunity was made possible by a generous grant from the foundation. Since its creation, the fund has grown to an incredible $482,043.

If you already donate to LaGrange College, consider an additional gift to the LaGrange Rotary—Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund.


Send a check

Make a check out to LaGrange College or, if your company prefers, to LaGrange Rotary. Indicate “WYM Scholarship” in comments. Remember that a gift to LaGrange College is tax-deductible.

Mail to:
LaGrange College
Advancement Services
601 Broad Street
LaGrange, GA 30240

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