Tower Family Foundation Announces Recipients of Annual Merit-Based Scholarships

21 Students Selected to Receive Merit-Based Scholarships for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

(Watertown, SD) – The Tower Family Foundation announced today the recipients of the non-profit organization’s inaugural merit-based scholarship program for the 2024-2025 academic year. In 2024, the Tower Family Foundation opened the program to the broader NATE community by offering a limited number of merit-based scholarships that are to the Association’s member company employees and their eligible dependents. The following students were selected to receive scholarships based on specific requirements related to academic achievement, future promise based on the degree program, and the responses to written essays:

Scholarship RecipientCollege
Alexander Jahrsdoerfer
Allison Nixa
Alyssa Shumaker
Avery Cooper
Cedar Sorrells
Emma Ruedlinger
Isabella Reynolds
Jade Femling
James Nelson
Jescie Tinio
Joshua Peddrick
Liam Carroll
Logan Boll
Mason Child
Mia Paulette
Rebecca Couch
Ryan Carlee
Rylee Tanner
Samantha Szull
Sean Kelly
Zachary Bowen
Purdue University
University of Iowa
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Baylor University
University of Utah
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Bellevue University
University of Louisville
University of Maryland College Park
University of Kentucky
Pennsylvania College of Technology
St. Ambrose University
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ohio University
The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Tech University
Murray State University
University of Central Florida
Arizona State University
McDaniel College

Tower Family Foundation merit-based scholarships are valued at up to $5,000 per academic year for full-time students (carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours) and up to $2,500 per year for part-time students (carrying a minimum of 6 semester hours) and are made payable to the educational institution on behalf of the student.

“On behalf of the Tower Family Foundation, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the dedicated group of students who have been selected to receive a merit-based scholarship for the upcoming academic year,” said Board of Directors member and Scholarship Committee Chairman Pat Murphy, CEO of Murphy Tower Service. “I would also like to personally thank the members of the Tower Family Foundation Scholarship Committee for their hard work and diligence in reviewing the applications in what was a very competitive selection process and pool of student applicants,” added Murphy.

The Tower Family Foundation Scholarship Committee members include the following: Patrick Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at Murphy Tower Service, Seth Buechley, Owner at Cathedral, Mark Ciarfella, Executive Vice President, Domestic Operations at SBA Communications Corporation, Ryan Ford, National Vendor Manager at DISH Wireless, Dr. Gemma Frock, GFK Consulting Services, Tara Rand, Senior Director of Business Development, Client Relations, & Strategic Partnerships at Blue Sky Towers, LLC., and Mike Clementi.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to visit the Tower Family Foundation’s website at, to learn more about the organization and make an online contribution.


About Tower Family Foundation

The Tower Family Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit organization whose mission is providing financial assistance to communications infrastructure workers and their family members in the aftermath of job-related accidents or fatalities, and funding education scholarship opportunities for eligible industry communications infrastructure workers, their family members, and dependents.