Alysa Murray is a firecracker.
The 17-year-old dual-enrollment student from Pottstown will graduate from Montgomery County Community College with an associate’s degree in May before she earns her high school diploma in June.
Murray is on a full academic scholarship through the College’s rigorous Honors Program, and she was one of four MCCC AmeriCorps’ Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania during the 2011-2012 academic year.
As a Scholar in Service, Murray helped to plan MCCC’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip, and was one of 16 students who traveled to Amarillo, Texas for one week to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
She also stepped up to co-chair MCCC’s second annual Relay for Life, after serving as student publicity chair for the inaugural event in 2011.
“Participating in Relay last year was a wonderful experience, and I was so inspired by how much money for curing cancer a community college like MCCC could raise in just its first year,” she said. “This made me decide to co-chair Relay for Life this year with Dani [Kennel], another of the Scholars in Service from West Campus.”
Together, the two events raised more than $42,000 for the American Cancer Society.
In her “spare” time, Murray served as president of A.C.E. community service club and secretary of the Central Campus Student Government Association (SGA) – all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.
Off-campus, Murray fulfilled her 300-hour Americorps service requirement at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where she helped with such tasks as discharging patients, transporting specimens to the lab, transporting equipment, and retrieving medical records.
“I know that 300 hours [of service] seems a bit intimidating at first, but it’s really not that hard to accomplish. If you are serious about wanting to help your community, this is the best way to do it,” she explained.
“Last year, I wanted to do more community service, but I always felt like I didn’t have the time. Being a part of this program forces you to find the time. And trust me, there is certainly enough time! I am taking six classes this semester – two of which are math classes – and I still find the time,” she added.
For Murray, graduating from MCCC with an associate’s degree in Liberal Studies brings her one step closer to her goal of attending Harvard University and determining her career objectives.
~ by Neree Aron-Sando