The "Emmanuel College thread" never left Margaret Murphy Dawley's life, from the time she graduated in 1947 until her passing in 1994. Her daughter, Mary Dawley '86, wants to ensure the thread is forever woven through her legacy, as well. In 2016, Mary established the Margaret Murphy Dawley '47 Endowed Scholarship, to be funded through her estate.
"My mother's Emmanuel College experience was transformative for her," Mary said. "She was a biology major in 1947, when science was a less common field for women. She not only received a wonderful education, but formed friendships that lasted throughout her entire life."
After graduating and raising a family, Margaret worked as a science teacher until her retirement. Mary shared her mother's interest in the sciences, earning her diploma from the MGH School of Nursing. When looking to further her education with a bachelor's in nursing, she found a program that fit her needs at her mother's alma mater.
"I wasn't a traditional student like my mother was, but I was thrilled to be earning my degree at a place that meant so much to her," Mary said. "The program was very nurturing. It was a great experience."
Mary went on to earn her master's in nursing administration and held management positions at a number of prominent healthcare facilities and hospitals in Rhode Island, Georgia and Massachusetts, as well as clinical nursing positions at several Boston-area hospitals. She has recently returned to Emmanuel in another capacity, as a member of the Nursing Department's Advisory Council.
"I've been so impressed with Emmanuel's ongoing transition and its efforts to remain relevant and current," she said.
Mary wanted to honor her mother's legacy in a way that would have an ongoing impact, but initially thought a scholarship in her mother's name would be out of reach. As she also began to consider her own legacy, she worked with Emmanuel College to establish the memorial scholarship in the form of an estate gift.
"It feels very full circle," she said. "I want my mother's name to still be spoken, and I hope students who receive this scholarship will take a few moments to wonder who she was. She would have loved to know that there is an ongoing link between her an Emmanuel.
"I also hope future generations of students realize that Emmanuel was a special place for someone who predated them by decades, and that this scholarship makes even a small difference to their college experience."