Fund-Raising Drive Under Way to Establish Scholarship Honoring Long-Time Colorado State University Accounting Instructor

A fund-raising drive is under way to establish a scholarship in Colorado State University’s College of Business to honor a long-time instructor in the college’s accounting department.

The Molly Murray Scholarship Fund will annually award one year’s tuition to two or more outstanding accounting graduate students, said Mark Soukup, co-chairman of a committee of friends and former students working on the project.

"We intend for these scholarships to acknowledge the support and caring that Molly provided for 28 years to hundreds of students and many graduate teaching assistants," Soukup said, who graduated with an accounting degree from Colorado State in 1974.

Murray, an instructor in the accounting department from 1967 until her retirement in 1995, taught basic accounting and supervised many graduate teaching assistants. Soukup said Murray is remembered as "a special person, one who treated all students and graduate teaching assistants not just as pupils but as friends."

"I think it’s just wonderful," said Murray of the scholarship effort. "I think some of these kids really need some help and I’m honored that it’s going to be in my name."

Soukup said gifts are being sought for the scholarship fund through the month of December. Donors of $1,000 or more will be invited guests at a special event in early 1999 to recognize Murray and celebrate the success of the fund drive. Details of the event will be announced later, Soukup said.

To make a donation or for more information, call Pat Sullivan or Sarah Behunek at Colorado State’s College of Business at (970) 491-1184; Cherie O’Neil, accounting department chairwoman at the College of Business at (970) 491-6114; Mark Soukup, president of Soukup, Bush and Associates at (970) 223-2727; or Mark Driscoll, president of First National Bank, at (970) 482-4861.