WESTFIELD, NJ — This year’s winner of the Westfield Foundation's Van Dellen Scholarship is Westfield High School senior Hopper Murray, chair of the foundation's scholarship committee Claudia Andreski announced during Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at Foundation Park. Murray will receive $10,000 per year for four years toward his education.

Murray plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall, majoring in economics. According to the Westfield Foundation, he was class president for three years and an officer in the National Honors Society. He maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking seven Advanced Placement classes and nine honors classes.

Murray was co-creator of the Gifts of Gold club, which serves children and adults in a homeless shelter. The club has provided holiday parties for the children there, redecorated rooms at the shelter and helped to raise money to provide business clothes for adults to wear during job interviews, the foundation said. 

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The senior was also responsible for resurrecting the school’s mascot, tracking down pieces from as far away as Australia and recruiting several students to take on the role of mascot for various school events, the foundation said.

According to the foundation, its scholarship committee is confident that Murray has a bright future ahead of him.