Application for Richard J. Murphy Scholarship

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Richard J. Murphy embodied these traits as a teacher, an educator and an administrator during the 36 years he served the Wake County Public Schools.  As the first principal of Leesville Road High School, which opened in 1993, his visionary leadership launched a top-notch school devoted to high standards for teachers and students, and dedicated to exemplary performance in all aspects of curricular and extra-curricular activities.  His legacy continues to live on at Leesville Road High School. Richard Murphy passed away in March of 2011.

Family members, active and retired teachers, fellow administrators, former Leesville students and parents, and former staff members helped to establish an endowed scholarship in his honor. The scholarship will recognizes two Leesville Road High School seniors each year who embody the high expectations and commitment to visionary leadership, service, and lifelong learning that Richard Murphy epitomized and inspired others to achieve. Recipients of the Murphy Scholars Award will receive a $2,500 scholarship to use toward their college education.  Interested seniors should read and complete the attached application. The LRHS Scholarship Committee along with members of the Murphy Scholarship Committee will determine the recipient of this scholarship. Minimum requirements are listed below:

Scholarship Requirements

  • Each Murphy Scholar must have at least a weighted GPA of 3.0
  • Each Murphy Scholar must have taken a full course load each semester while in high school (Exceptions to this would be students who have a documented medical issue or students who had release time in order to take a class somewhere other than LRHS)
  • Each Murphy Scholar must have documented, paid employment outside of school
  • Each Murphy Scholar must have contributed to the advancement of Leesville Road High School through their significant involvement in school activities. The Scholarship Committee is looking for depth of involvement, not breadth.
  • Each Murphy Scholar must complete an essay that addresses the character traits that inspired the scholarship: Visionary Leader, Public Servant and Lifelong Learner. (The essay should be between 500 and 750 words, double spaced with 12 pt. type)
  • Each Murphy Scholar must submit a reference checklist letter from an employer that speaks to their character (form is attached)
  • Each Murphy Scholar must provide the name of a LRHS teacher who can provide a reference for them. (This can be a classroom teacher, coach or organization sponsor)
  • Each Murphy Scholar’s financial need may be considered by the Scholarship Committee as part of the selection process
  • Each Murphy Scholar must provide documentation of acceptance to a college, university or community college

Deadline for Application

The application process for the 2015 Murphy Scholarship recipients has ended. Please return in August 2015 for the beginning of the 2016 application process.

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