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Murphy oil provides college scholarships.

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado has committed $50 million over the next 10 years to a scholarship program that offers to pay college tuition and fees for all El Dorado High School graduates.

The program, called "The El Dorado Promise," is a tuition scholarship that can be used at any accredited two- or four-year public or private college or university. Students can use the scholarship at higher education institutions in or out of state.

The scholarship is available to all students who graduate from El Dorado High School, reside in the district and have been an El Dorado public school student since at least the ninth grade.

The scholarship amount is determined by length of attendance in the El Dorado School District. Graduates who have attended all 13 years in the district will receive 100 percent of the scholarship. Students who attend grades 9-12 will receive up to 65 percent of the scholarship, the company said.

More than 300 students graduate from El Dorado High School each year.

"This is a huge day," Bob Watson, superintendent of El Dorado Public Schools, said in announcing the scholarship. "As of today, El Dorado High School graduates will have an unprecedented opportunity to continue their education. For some students, this is life-changing. Students who have worked hard but would not have been able to attend college because of financial limitations now have the means to do so."

Students who graduate from El Dorado High School in the spring of 2007 are eligible for the scholarship. Applications are available at
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Title Annotation:EDUCATION
Author:Turner, Lance
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jan 29, 2007
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