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Berkeley County Schools superintendent creates scholarship for education majors

ISSUED: 12 March 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Foundation announces the creation of a new scholarship award in support of education majors at Shepherd University. The Berkeley County Superintendent of Schools’ Education Scholarship Award was established by Dr. Patrick K. Murphy, who joined Berkeley County Schools as superintendent in September 2019. He previously served for 10 years as the superintendent of Arlington Public Schools in Virginia.

Murphy’s 31-year career in public education spans a number of different roles and responsibilities and includes experience as a classroom teacher, university adjunct professor, administrator, principal, director, and assistant superintendent. He served as an assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools for five years before being named superintendent of Arlington Public Schools in 2009.

Murphy is most proud of his demonstrated commitment to and focus on providing all students with an enriching and challenging education in preparation for post-secondary and career success as engaged, active, and global citizens. Since joining Berkeley County Schools, he has been actively listening, learning, and engaging with the school community to fully understand its opportunities and challenges, while creating a network of contacts and resources from which it may benefit. His passion for people and relationships helped guide the district’s recent passage of the excess school levy, continuing a 70-year tradition that will benefit the students, staff, schools, and community.

Now Murphy has chosen to create an annually funded award in support of graduates of Berkeley County Schools majoring in K-12 education at Shepherd.

“I have enjoyed a very rewarding career in public education and I want to extend that same opportunity to graduates of Berkeley County Schools who have an interest in being future educational leaders,” he said.

To learn more about creating a named fund through the Shepherd University Foundation, contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, or visit

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