Legacy of Leadership Award

Scott Murray Scholarship Foundation presents the Legacy of Leadership Award to Dr. Kenneth and Millie Cooper

Join us on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at our gala to honor Dr. Kenneth and Millie Cooper—the “Father” and “First Lady” of AEROBICS, and community philanthropists—while we raise money for the Scott Murray Scholarship Foundation.
Dr. Kenneth and Millie Cooper


Wednesday, May 3, 2023
7 pm Dinner | Program | Live Auction


Frontiers of Flight Museum
Love Field
6911 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas, Texas 76209


HONORING Dr. Kenneth and Millie Cooper
The annual Legacy of Leadership Award Gala is a premier fundraising gala and major social event focusing on raising awareness of the need and benefits of a higher education for students served by the Scott Murray Scholarship Foundation and the contributions of our state-wide Texas community.
Hosted by a diverse group of individuals, corporate sponsors, local businesses, and professional organizations, the Annual Legacy of Leadership Award Gala is a must-attend event supporting the Scott Murray Scholarship Foundation.
Join Scott Murray as we celebrate our students and work to support even more young people in their desire to further their education, making difference in their families and community.

Legacy of Leadership Award Gala

Dr. Kenneth and Millie Cooper, honorees

The “Father” and “First Lady” of AEROBICS, community philanthropists

Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH has inspired millions to exercise for good health for more than 50 years and is the creator of the word “AEROBICS.” The author of 19 books, Dr. Cooper is recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement and is credited with motivating more people to exercise in pursuit of good health than any other individual in the world. He has founded numerous in-school programs to help children attain and maintain fitness and lectured about fitness in more than 50 countries.

During Dr. Cooper’s service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, he served as a flight surgeon and director of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory in San Antonio. In 1970, Dr. Cooper resigned from the military to explore the relationship between cardiovascular fitness and health and longevity. He founded Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas where he serves as Chairman of six health and wellness companies and The Cooper Institute research and education nonprofit. Millie Cooper, coauthor of Aerobics for Women, has been a tireless promoter of fitness for children and adults. Together, the Coopers have had significant impact as volunteers and philanthropists.

Scott Murray, emcee

Scott Murray has always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of local nonprofits to raise millions of dollars to help them achieve their missions and goals, and has received local and national awards for his work. Scott served for three decades as the multi EMMY-Award winning Sports Director/Anchor on the local NBC nightly news in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Washington DC markets. Today, he and his son, Doug, run the EMMY Award-winning Murray Media World production company. In 2021, Scott Murray received The Scholarship Fund’s inaugural Unsung Hero Award for his extensive service to the community. In December of that year, he assumed leadership of The Scholarship Fund, which then became the Scott Murray Scholarship Foundation.

Scott Murray

Host Committee

Barbara and Steve Durham
Linda and Steve Ivy
Diane and Daryl Johnston
Margo and Jim Keyes
Sara and David Martineau
Dr. Takisha and Sydney Moncrief
Myrna and Bob Schlegel

There are so many reasons to support the Scott Murray Scholarship Foundation. A scholarship can immediately impact students, giving them a chance, or a second chance, to pursue their education. The effects of that gift—investing in our future leaders—last a lifetime.

Give students a chance at a brighter future.

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