Investing in the Future
“Education is the one thing you can provide people that can permanently change their lives.”
— Claiborne Deming, Chairman of the Board
The El Dorado Promise is a unique scholarship program funded by Murphy Oil Corporation. The Promise provides graduates of El Dorado High School a tuition scholarship that can be used at any accredited Arkansas public university or community college, or any accredited private or out-of-state university. For more information visit: www.eldoradopromise.com.
Murphy has historically allocated the majority of its contributions to educational institutions and programs. Through its Murphy Lecture Series, high school and college students in the South Arkansas area are exposed to nationally recognized speakers.
The Murphy Education Program, established in 1997 by Claiborne P. Deming, former President and CEO of Murphy Oil Corporation, is designed to promote academic excellence in the El Dorado, Arkansas public school system. The Murphy Education Program presents monetary awards to students in the 1st, 4th, 6th and 8th grades who make qualifying scores on their annual Benchmark exams and to El Dorado High School students for their AP, ACT, and SAT test scores. Since its inception, over $2.2 million has been paid to students winning over 12,000 awards.
Murphy's Chairman of the Board, Claiborne P. Deming was the driving force behind the creation of the El Dorado Education Foundation, a $1.6 million endowment fund established to improve the quality of teaching and learning in El Dorado public schools. Through a partnership with the El Dorado School District, the Foundation has established Chairs in Math, Science, Literacy and Foreign Language.
Murphy’s philosophy of giving toward education stretches far beyond its Corporate headquarters. In Canada, the Murphy Oil Scholarship Program grants annual scholarships to the children of Murphy employees who meet the academic excellence criteria. In Malaysia, Murphy works closely with universities to provide internship and training opportunities for students interested in the oil and gas industry. Murphy also supports schools in less developed areas, directly or in partnership with non-governmental organizations, in improving the quality of basic education for students, from donating books and/or school furniture to providing school meal allowances to ensure youth get the education they deserve in a conducive environment.