A scholarship has been established at Murray State University in memory of the late Thomas McGurk, who was a freshman at the college in Murray, Ky. at the time of his death in October 2010.
McGurk, a Medina High School graduate, was 18-years-old and attending Murray State through a baseball scholarship when a traffic accident claimed his life.
His parents, Scott and Brenda McGurk, and his brother, David McGurk, established the scholarship as a way to memorialize Thomas’ determination and spirit by assisting young athletes in obtaining an education at Murray State University.
McGurk was a left-handed pitcher for the Bees and Breds. He was known for his character, charm and hard work.
As a 16-year-old, McGurk was driving home one night in Medina when he saw a home on fire. He called 911 and, with a neighbor, broke out a basement window to save five children who had apparently been intentionally locked in the basement of the burning house.
Sherry McClain of MSU said eligible recipients of the Thomas McGurk Memorial Scholarship will be full-time students at the school and members of the university’s baseball team. Preference will be given to applicants from Ohio. The renewable scholarship may be applied toward books, housing, tuition or fees. The first scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2012 semester.
To learn more about the Thomas McGurk Memorial Scholarship and how to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution, contact the office of development at Murray State University at (270) 809-3940 or visit the development website at www.murraystate.edu/giving and click on “Meet Our Donors” or “Give Now.”