Preston V. McMurry Jr. just became The Ohio State University College of Social Work’s first $1 million individual donor in its nearly 100 year history. McMurry’s continued generosity to the college will provide scholarship support for students who make a commitment to practice with persons who have experienced domestic violence. Additionally, a portion of this gift will support scholarships for the Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship fund. Well qualified students who represent Anne’s commitment to service in the community will benefit from these scholarships.
McMurry, of Phoenix, received his BSSW from the college in 1960, and is also founder of the McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award, which started in 2008 to honor student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who performed significant community service. This is a second significant gift to the College of Social Work. In 2008, McMurry made what was at the time the largest gift in the college’s history.
Recruited as a running back from Pittsburgh, McMurry was a member of the Woody Hayes 1957 Championship Football team. At the encouragement of Woody’s wife, Anne Hayes, McMurry majored in social work and has combined his business, social work, and philanthropic skills throughout his career.
In 1984, he created one of the largest privately owned marketing firms in the nation, McMurry, Inc.– the only company in the U.S. to be selected by the San Francisco-based Great Place to Work Institute, as one of the ten best places to work, eight years in a row. In 1992, McMurry established Theresa’s Fund, a private family foundation that has donated and helped raise $49,000,000 to combat child abuse and family violence in Arizona. Previous awards include the 2002 OSU Alumni Association Citizenship Award and Arizona’s 2001 Philanthropist of the Year.