Brittany Murphy and Spencer Theobald have been awarded the first MidAmerica National Bank Great Start Scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. These scholarships were created to help local students get a “great start” on their education. Brittany Murphy, daughter of Jay and Jennifer Murphy, is going to be a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan University this fall. She is planning to major in Psychology and minor in Exercise Science with a goal of becoming a physical therapist.
During her freshman year of college, Murphy played softball, served as a volunteer tutor and participated in several fundraising events. One of her goals is to visit Honduras in the summer of 2018. This is a trip offered to IWU students where they gain experience providing healthcare to Honduras locals. Murphy says this scholarship is important to her because it will help with paying tuition and minimizing debt.
Spencer Theobald, son of Brandon and Janel Theobald, will be starting his freshman year at John Brown University this fall. He is planning to study Digital Cinema with a minor in business. After college, Theobald plans to continue making videos, with a possible focus in advertising. At the age of 16, Theobald started his own business, Intelligent Design Media. IDM specializes in aerial photography, videography and wedding media. Beyond running his own business, Theobald participated in many activities during high school, including football, soccer, Student Council, Science Olympiad and cross-country. Theobald said this scholarship will help him reach his goal of graduating from college without student loans. Source