Double up: Mayfair's Thum wins two scholarships

Board of Dir­ect­ors Pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce Scho­l­or­ship Found­a­tion Al Tauben­ber­ger (left) with the Muller Group Scho­l­or­ship re­cip­i­ent An­drew Thum of LaS­alle Uni­versity, and The Muller Group, Inc. Pres­id­ent Joel P. Shafer at the Muller buisi­ness headquar­ters, Thursday, June 28, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)


An­drew Thum was a double win­ner last week.

Thum, a May­fair res­id­ent about to enter his seni­or year at La Salle Uni­versity, was among 10 stu­dents who re­ceived schol­ar­ships from the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce Found­a­tion dur­ing a June 25 din­ner at Ed­ge­mont Cater­ers in Brides­burg.

In ad­di­tion, Thum earned the fourth an­nu­al C. John Muller Schol­ar­ship, giv­en by Muller Inc., the bever­age gi­ant at 2800 Grant Ave.

The schol­ar­ship is named in memory of Muller, a Brew­erytown nat­ive and dec­or­ated World War II vet­er­an who formed Clem­ent & Muller in 1956. The busi­ness grew over the years, es­pe­cially dur­ing the 1980s, and Muller be­came a prom­in­ent phil­an­throp­ist.

Muller, who died in 2001 at age 92, lived by the motto, “Do your giv­ing while you’re liv­ing so you’ll be know­ing where it’s go­ing.”

Among his gifts were to build a wing at a Bucks County nurs­ing home for suf­fer­ers of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease). His wife Josephine died of the dis­ease in 1986.

Muller and second wife Sandy cre­ated the C. John Muller Cen­ter for Seni­or Health at Abing­ton Me­mori­al Hos­pit­al. He was also gen­er­ous to the Ger­man So­ci­ety and fun­ded an aud­it­or­i­um and cafet­er­ia at Abing­ton Friends School.

“To be se­lec­ted is a spe­cial hon­or and priv­ilege,” Thum said.

Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce and of the found­a­tion’s board of dir­ect­ors, said that Thum was an ap­pro­pri­ate re­cip­i­ent.

“He’s as­pir­ing to be a nurse, and Mr. Muller was so in­volved in health care. He in­spired a lot of people,” he said.

Thum, 20, is a gradu­ate of St. Timothy Ele­ment­ary School and Ro­man Cath­ol­ic High School. He is pur­su­ing a nurs­ing de­gree at La Salle, where he is in the hon­ors pro­gram, and is work­ing this sum­mer as a vo­lun­teer ex­tern at Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter.

To be con­sidered for the Found­a­tion and Muller schol­ar­ships, Thum sub­mit­ted an es­say, re­sume and ref­er­ences from La Salle hon­ors pro­gram dir­ect­or Richard Nig­ro and Mary Dorr, as­sist­ant dean of La Salle’s School of Nurs­ing and Health Sci­ence.

Thum is on the dean’s list with a 3.76 grade point av­er­age, writes for the uni­versity news­pa­per, serves on the La Salle Ju­di­cial Board, is a mem­ber of the Stu­dent Nurses As­so­ci­ation of Pennsylvania and works at the Din­ing Car. ••


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