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The Mike Murray Make a Difference Scholarship

For his years of devotion to youth sports, community service, and disability advocacy

 Help support a scholarship in Mike Murray’s name.

I understand that my gift will be put towards endowment of this fund should the overall amount of contributions received reach or exceed the minimum endowment level of $25,000.

Mike Murray (a.k.a. “Da Voice”) is a remarkable leader with a unique ability to communicate. His iconic role as “Da Voice” in his service as a sports announcer for Dr. Phillips High School football and basketball, as well as Rollins College women’s volleyball, was the perfect personification of his core belief: use your voice to inspire the best in others. His leadership was also evident in his selfless service to many community initiatives, including Cub Scouts, Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, and Special Olympics bowling.

Mike has been battling Parkinson’s disease (PD) since 2008. He has refused to yield to the limitations of this progressive disease. Instead of quitting when his signature announcing voice was severely affected, Murray reached out to others with disabilities. He used one of his other gifts—his superb writing ability—to share his personal experiences and send a compelling message: focus on abilities rather than disabilities.

The Mike Murray Make a Difference Scholarship was fueled by a start-up donation from Mike, his family, and some of his long-time friends and colleagues in the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). An enthusiastic outpouring of support from friends, family, acquaintances, and the public enabled the start-up fund to achieve endowment status in 2021, ensuring that this award can support students for generations to come. Donations going forward will not only secure the existence of the scholarship into the future but also make it possible to increase the scholarship awards both in amount and number. Won’t you help? Any amount is appreciated, and there are two easy ways to lend your support: online or by mail.

In addition, we are pleased to give Mike’s friends, family, and colleagues an opportunity to let him know how much he has been a part of their lives. Along with the scholarship fund-raiser, we are seeking memory contributions to the Mike Murray Memory Book in the form of messages, reminiscences, photos, and testimonials. Please send Mike your messages and reflections using the form below or by email to [email protected].

Any amount is appreciated, and there are two easy ways to support.

Donate Online

You will be taken directly to the special giving page for the Mike Murray Scholarship.

Donate via Mail

To give by mail, simply fill in “Mike Murray Scholarship” on the memo line of your check. You may send your donation to:

UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences
Attn: Office of Advancement
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL  32816-2200

Testimonials

MEMORY BOOK

Share how Mike Murray impacted you below, or email your anecdotes, testimonials, and photos to [email protected].

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