Nicholas J. Murphy Achievement Scholarship

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that three educational scholarships will be granted and awarded to Senior student-athletes at Dunlap High School. One scholarship will be awarded to a Senior member of the Dunlap High School Varsity Baseball team. The other two scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female Senior student athlete from any sport who exemplifies the qualities and characteristics that Nick Murphy conducted himself with throughout his life.  

These awards will be given out at the end of this school year, and announced on June 10, 2019 at the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Every male and female Senior who has been a student-athlete during their high school career is eligible for the scholarships. A preference will be given to Varsity athletes, but it is not mandatory that you played on a Varsity team. There could be financial reasons that you had to give up sports to get jobs, etc. to support yourself for future education. Each of the three student athletes will receive a $2,500.00 college scholarship to be used by that student-athlete toward their college expenses for their 2019-2020 freshman year.

Nick Murphy was a 2015 graduate of Dunlap High School. He was an all-conference second baseman for the Varsity baseball team. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy trying to become a Navy SEAL. Unfortunately, he was killed on November 19, 2016 while serving in the Navy. His family has created the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation in his honor and through the Nicholas J. Murphy Military Legal Clinic is providing family law legal services for veterans and members of the Armed Forces throughout the State of Illinois. There is also a secondary focus on educational scholarships for high school student athletes as well as giving grants to military families throughout the year. Our goal is to carry on Nick’s legacy of sacrifice and commitment and give back to the men and women who have served, currently serve, or have died as a part of their commitment to the flag and the United States of America. The Nicholas J. Murphy Achievement Scholarships are three of those educational awards.

Nick epitomized hard work, dedication and sacrifice in all that he did. He was the ultimate teammate, caring more about his teammates and how the team achieved as a whole rather than his individual achievements and honors. He had a smile on his face constantly and brought a smile to all those around him. Although he was an excellent athlete and student, his true sense of worth and value came from how he treated his fellow students and fellow teammates. That sacrifice and commitment carried over into his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL and his desire to fight for his country and all that it stood for. The Nicholas J. Murphy Achievement Scholarships are being given to male and female student athletes who stand for those same goals and strive to make all of those around them the best they can be, whether they are friends, fellow students, fellow athletes, coaches, teachers or staff. We honor Nick Murphy and his sacrifice and commitment by giving out these three scholarships.

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and the entire Murphy family have requested that each student-athlete complete it directly and submit it for consideration by May 15, 2019. Scholarship award winners will be notified and honored at the at the golf tournament on June 10, 2019.

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Tell us your story. Explain "Why should you be awarded this scholarship?" Please take into account who Nick Murphy was and what he stood for:
What are your best characteristics as a member of the team:
How would you best describe yourself as a person and as a teammate:
Describe your work ethic and commitment in making yourself better as a player and as a person:
Describe any sacrifices you made to better the team, your friends, the school, or the community:
What makes you different than any of the other players on the team:
Where are you planning on attending college:
How are you planning on paying for it? Please describe any financial aid considerations you have regarding college:
What would receiving this scholarship mean to you in achieving your college dreams:
Describe yourself in ten (10) words or less: