Leah Murphy always dreamed of being a pilot but, she assumed it would have to be a hobby, not a career. Then she enrolled at Cape Cod Community College, where she gained the direction of faculty and advisors to achieve her dream. She graduated from 4Cs in 2016, and went on to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She studied aeronautical science and earned her Bachelor’s of Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2018. She is currently enrolled in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Worldwide Master’s Program for Aeronautics.
Leah is a commercial helicopter pilot and certified flight instructor in northern Florida. She is on the WhirlyGirls International Board of Directors and Ninety-Nines Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative Coordination Team.
Within her time on the board, she has developed a professional webinar series for members and aspiring members to access industry specific and relevant information. She is working closely with the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team to increase safeguards within the helicopter industry. Leah is currently training to be an FAA Safety Team Representative, a volunteer position that promotes safety in general aviation. Her excitement for the industry has led to a number of community events in which Leah has volunteered, including acting as lead aircraft loader for Sky Kids, an organization that introduces children with special needs to general aviation aircraft. She has presented at various educational speaking engagements for young women, including Mircosoft’s Digi Girlz and the Girl Scouts Aviation Camp. Pre-COVID, on Christmas, Leah would volunteer with Cape Cod Synagogue to provide meals and clothes to the homeless.
Whenever given the opportunity, Leah returns to visit CCCC. One of her favorite activities as a student was hosting her own radio show through the campus’ station. She has since returned to make a brief “guest appearance.” She actively keeps up with CCCC’s social media content and strongly advocates for students to attend community colleges prior to attending a more costly 4 year universities.
Leah is a credit to the College and we are pleased to recognize her with the 2021 Young Alumna award.