Nicholas J. Murphy Achievement Scholarship

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that two educational scholarships for this 2017-2018 school year will be granted to one male and one female senior student-athlete at Dunlap High School. These awards will be given out at the end of this school year and announced on June 11, 2018, at the 2018 Fairways for Nick’s Foundation golf outing.

Every male and female senior who has been a student-athlete during their high school career is eligible for the scholarship. 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 college. One male and one female student-athlete will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship to be used by that student-athlete toward their college expenses for their 2018-2019 freshman year.

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Nick Murphy was a 2015 graduate of Dunlap High School.

Nick was an all-conference second baseman for the varsity baseball team. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy to attempt to become a Navy SEAL. He was killed on November 19, 2016, while serving in the Navy. He sacrificed his life to save his fellow sailor friend and saved five other lives through his organ donation (watch the video below to hear and see his story).

Nick's family created the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation in his honor. The Foundation is now providing educational, military, legal and charitable contributions and scholarships on his behalf to carry on Nick’s legacy of sacrifice, bravery and commitment. The Nicholas J. Murphy Achievement Scholarships are two of those educational awards.

Nick epitomized hard work, dedication and sacrifice in all that he did.

Nick 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 one male and one female student 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 two awards.

The Murphy family, consisting of his parents, Theresa and Ed, and his siblings, Grant, Alec and Delaney, has requested that each senior student-athlete receive this scholarship form and submit it for consideration by May 15, 2018. It is also available to complete online through the form below. The Murphy family and the educational committee of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation will then choose the two scholarship recipients, and each recipient will be honored at the golf outing on June 11, 2018. Financial need will be considered. Please email your completed form to or complete it below by filling out the online application. Good luck!

Watch the video above to view 2017 Red Cross Heartland Hero Nick Murphy's inspiring story of how he saved a fellow Navy sailor during a tragic accident that took his life and saved five others through his organ donation. His name continues to inspire others today through the work of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation.