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Contact: Donna L. Brock
ATLANTA (Jan. 7, 2016) — Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson today announced the establishment of the Atasha M. Murray Entrepreneurial Endowed Scholarship in CAU’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work. The School’s Interim Dean Dorcas Bowles, Ph.D., accepted Murray’s $50,000 gift during a December 2015 campus presentation.
“This milestone gift,” said the President, “represents the kind of alumni engagement and support that transforms institutions and enriches the fabric of students’ experiences during and after their matriculation. It is further affirmation that our alumni across the nation are reconnecting and deepening their ties to the University as we mobilize for the future.”
Bowles added, “Ms. Murray’s actions illuminate the capacity of our academic program to equip graduates to become authentic change agents who bridge traditional, preconceived notions of what social work is. Her professional and civic model has essentially unboxed old myths and misconceptions about the practice. Her gift to the School now enables those who will follow her into the field to do the same.”
Murray earned the MSW degree from Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work in 2002. She is the founder and owner of Life Evolutions Behavioral Health Care LLC. The company provides mental health services for adults, children and families based upon comprehensive assessments designed to tailor individualized treatment plans. She funded the scholarship to benefit graduate students of social work who desire to become business owners in the field.
“I attended the University of Georgia as an undergraduate,” she said, “but it wasn’t until I came to Clark Atlanta that I found purpose. I was fortunate enough to receive funding while I was enrolled at CAU, so I felt it my responsibility to give back. The amount," Murray added, "isn’t as important as the act itself. Giving back is really all about having the right attitude to accomplish something, to do what you can to meet a need.”
Murray also noted that while her start as an entrepreneur was extremely tough, her tenacity has resulted in tremendous success. “I was up working when others were asleep. Many nights,” she confessed, “I wanted to walk away, but the decision to hang in there, focus and pursue my goal has proven to be very rewarding.”
“Alumni giving back are critical to the lifeblood of this institution, and students like Atasha are the reason I continue to serve,” said Bowles who returned to CAU to serve as the School’s interim dean in August 2015.
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