Rose has a love for working, serving others, and exploring the world. She has been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and events, such as the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education, Varsity Swimming, Academic Decathlon, Renaissance Academic Leadership, California Scholarship Federation, National Spanish Honor Society, and so forth. She also enjoys photography, traveling, reading, and outdoor activities like kayaking and biking. However, she dedicates a majority of her time to her schoolwork and has further pursued her love for learning at Columbia College by taking extra courses since she was a freshman. 

Alex Durante, 2011

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Danielle Sundell, 2014

Daisy Solis-Herrera is the 2019 4 year recipient for the Loretta Fox Memorial Scholarship. Daisy lives in Murphys with her parents and younger sister. She attended Bret Harte Hgh School and was awarded multiple honors and awards as well as many other achievements. She also worked at the Calaveras Youth Council and participated in student government and leadership activities at Bret Harte. Daisy will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in anthropology. 

Dezalena Shawnea Miner, 2019

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Karen will attend the University of California, Davis where she will continue her education as a biology major. At a young age, she became interested in pursuing a career within the medical field, and her desire of pursuing a medical career has further grown after taking several science and math courses throughout her high school experience. Karen's passion for expanding her skills and assisting others led to her involvement in various extracurricular activities, including Varsity Tennis, Renaissance Academic Leadership, National Spanish Honor Society, and the California Scholarship Federation. With the opportunity of enhancing her knowledge and acquiring a new set of skills, Karen looks forward to attending college in the fall of 2017 as it brings her a step closer toward achieving her goals.
Loretta was in her 80s when she died - sadly, the result of an accident when she was crossing the street and hit by a truck. Pam Shoemaker recalls the day she received a phone call from Loretta's lawyer: "Are you sitting down?" he asked. Then he told Pam that Loretta had left her entire estate (worth about $500,000) to Murphys Volunteer Library!

In her honor, MVL created the scholarship program in Loretta's name, and also dedicated the garden next to the library as a memorial.

Hannah attended Portland State University for her degree in Communications and Advertising. 

Jessi Lynn Gonzales, 2012

About Loretta Fox
Loretta Fox was a devoted patron of the library when it opened in its new building.  She would come in all the time, and always said that she was going to put the library in her will. Loretta was good friends with Barbara Hurlbut - a volunteer and  board member at the time. They corresponded on a regular basis after Loretta moved to Oregon to be closer to family. Loretta always wanted to know how the library was doing, and continued to say that she would remember it in her will.
Seth grew up on a ranch on the outskirts of Copperopolis. His hard work and involvement on the ranch continued on to his school work at Bret Harte high school, and encouraged him to get involved in multiple school clubs and organizations. Some of his favorites were Student Leadership, Christians on Campus, and Circle of Friends. In the fall, Seth plans to leave his small town for big dreams in Los Angeles, where he will study the art of storytelling through Film and Television Production. Seth has had a passion for telling good stories and cinematography since he was young, and looks forward to sharing his memories, lessons, and imagination on theater screens in the future!

Delaney Gray, 2015 

Alex graduated from University of Puget Sound (UPS) in 2015, earning his BA in English with emphasis on Creative Writing, and also in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture.

Hometown: Copperopolis, CA * High School: Bret Harte​​

Major: Double Major in English and International Development & Social Change 

Recipients of the Loretta Fox Memorial Scholarship

Dezalena Shawnea Miner is the first two-year recipient for the Loretta Fox Memorial Scholarship. Her power of self-determination is one reason she was unanimously chosen. She attended Brete Hart where she was honored for her photography work. Dezalena will focus on her basic courses and fine arts as a major. She will attend Columbia College and then transfer to a four-year college.Type your paragraph here.

Rose Wine, 2016

Karen Medina, 2017

 Hometown: Copperopolis, CA * High School: Bret Harte​ * Major: Biology

Jessi Lynn completed her minor in New Media Design and graduated with a BA in English Literature from Seattle Pacific University in fall, 2017.

Danielle attended the University of California at Berkeley, pursuing an English major and a minor in Music. 

Seth Bakke, 2018

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Hannah Cantrell, 2014

Hometown: Murphys, CA * High School: Bret Harte * Major: Bioengineering

Daisy Solis-Herrera, 2019

Delaney has been involved in various extracurricular activities such as membership in the California Scholarship Federation, National Spanish Honor Society, Renaissance Academic Leadership, Varsity Volleyball, and Girl Scouts of America. Her interest in her community has led her to volunteer for the Humane Society, earn her Bronze and Silver Award in scouting, and volunteer as a Girl Scout camp counselor every summer. Her love for higher learning dominated her High School career and resulted in her graduating as Valedictorian of her class.  She has found her passion in molecular biology and genetics and is now working toward a degree in Bioengineering at Santa Clara University to do research in oncology and genetics.

Rose was the Valedictorian of her class and attends Clark University in Massachusetts. She aspires to become an English professor at the university level as well as start an educational organization that builds schools in foreign countries and will allow families to work at the site to send their children to school.

Hometown: Copperopolis, CA * High School: Bret Harte​ Major: Film & Television Production

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