Murphy Memorial Scholarship

Mike and Tonya Murphy spent their lives in Central Kansas. They are the third generation owners of Gorham Telephone Company. (George W. and Almira E. Murphy were the first and John L. and Judy A. Murphy were the second.) Gorham Telephone Company is an independent phone company that provides local service in the state of Kansas. The Murphy family believed that if you were an honest hard worker and you had the desire to reach a goal you could accomplish anything you set your mind to doing. Getting an education is one of the most important things you can do in your life and it is something nobody can take away from you. This scholarship is a way for the Murphy family to give back to the area the company and family served for over 100 years.

Any high school senior living in the USD of 299 (Sylvan-Lucas), 392 (Osborne), 399 (Natoma), 407 (Russell), 432 (Victoria) is eligible to apply. Recipients must display a strong sense of community involvement and leadership. Applicants may apply for renewals by displaying a strong sense of community involvement and leadership. The applicant also must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better.

Scholarships are awarded annually by semester or the next available enrollment date if the winner is on an enrollment waiting list. All scholarship money will be paid directly to the school. Recipients must be enrolled as full-time post secondary students.

A scholarship committee consisting of three (made up of one family member and the chair and vice chair of the Russell County Area Community Foundation Board) will make a recommendation to the Russell County Area Foundation board. The Foundation board will announce the winners in April/May of the current year.

Applications must be completed online at Russell County Area Community Foundation – Greater NW Kansas Community Foundation ( Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.


Gorham Telephone Company
100 Market Street
P.O. Box 235
Gorham, KS 67640

Office Hours
M-F 9am - 5pm 
Closed Noon

Phone: 785-637-5300
Fax: 785-637-5590