Morgan Murphy, daughter of Kathy and Mike Murphy, and Amanda Swanson, daughter of Liz and Bruce Swanson, are the recipients of these scholarships.

Two young women graduating from Hannibal High School this spring will receive a $250 grant from Chapter LZ P.E.O. to help further their education. The awards will be made at the HHS baccalaureate ceremony later in May. Morgan Murphy, daughter of Kathy and Mike Murphy, and Amanda Swanson, daughter of Liz and Bruce Swanson, are the recipients of these scholarships.

LZ makes this annual award to a female senior who has achieved “academic superiority, demonstrated strong leadership skills, actively participated in school/community activities, and who desires to continue her education at an accredited college, university or technical school.”

Candidates for this grant must submit a detailed application which outlines their 4-year high school career, including overall GPA, activities, awards, and special achievements. A personal narrative must be included, and in it the students can give a real glimpse into their interests, aspirations and future academic goals.

Murphy will attend the University of Missouri in the fall of 2017, pursuing a degree in English. She started her high school career in Arkansas where she played on the varsity golf team, served as Secretary on the Youth Advisory Council at Searcy HS, and assisted with many community service projects. Moving to Hannibal in December of 2015, she played on the golf team and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, while maintaining a high GPA.

Swanson will attend Northwest Missouri State University in the fall. While maintaining a high GPA, Swanson participated on the cheer squad all four years of high school, serving as Captain of the team as a junior and senior. She and the rest of the girls were rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being invited to cheer at the Citrus Bowl in 2015.

Her resume of activities also includes two years spent working with youth at St. John’s Lutheran School. Ms. Swanson also found time to add her talents to River City Review and many of the fall musicals at HHS.

Chapter LZ PEO wishes these outstanding young women much luck as they set off on their educational journeys and will continue to follow and encourage them along the way.