The family of a late entrepreneur in Medicine Hat has donated a legacy gift to support business students at Medicine Hat College.
The estate of Steven Murphy presented a $40,000 donation to the college to be split between two scholarships on Wednesday.
One scholarship is valued at $25,000, and will be awarded to a first-year student to support their education for four years. The second scholarship is valued at $15,000 and will go to a third-year student to help provide support for the final two years of their business degree.
Murphy’s family says he was a prominent supporter of the community, supporting charities such as the United Way. He also volunteered for athletic organizations such as the Hockey Hounds and the Medicine Hat Tigers.
When a 90-year-old businessman heard about the devastating effects that the Paradise wildfires had on the city’s high school students, he took it upon himself to fly into into town with gifts in tow.
Bob Wilson, who is a restaurant owner and real estate developer based out of San Diego, went to Paradise High School earlier this week with two briefcases filled with checks. Each check was worth $1,000 and he gave one to every single high school student and staffer. With a student body of 980 students and 105 employees, including janitors, teachers, and bus drivers, Wilson gave away a staggering total of $1.1 million.
Wilson had originally been planning on working with local nonprofits to distribute the cash in the form of gift cards, but he eventually settled on handing out the checks so the students could spend the money more freely. He said made the decision within two or three minutes of reading the news. He wanted to give these kids something so they could have some good times. He just wanted to put a smile on their faces and maybe lift their spirits.
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