The LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation was started in 2007 by Michael’s parents Dan and Maureen and Michael’s brother John. Michael was an avid reader and felt that education was key, in fact his favorite saying was “Education will set you free”. That is why the Murphy Family used their own funds to start the Foundation.
The Foundation Board started with Family and now seats nine members consisting of Dan, Maureen and John Murphy as well as other close family and friends committed to keeping Michael’s life, service, sacrifice and legacy alive as well as that of his SEAL teammates.
From it’s humbled and honored beginnings of awarding one scholarship a year, the Foundation now awards 13 scholarships a year. Two scholarships are awarded to graduates of Michael’s High School Patchogue Medford HS where Michael was active in sports and extracurricular activities. One scholarship is awarded through the Suffolk Federal Credit Union where Michael’s father is a Board Member. One scholarship is awarded to an attendee to Michael’s college alma mater Penn State. It was while Michael was at Penn State that Michael decided that he wanted to join Naval Special Warfare and become a SEAL. One scholarship is awarded to a crew member of the USS MICHAEL MURPHY DDG112. This scholarship started in 2013 and for the inaugural year we awarded it to crew member James Wilkendorf and crew member spouse Gloria Garcia. An additional 2 crew members were awarded in 2014 making 4 scholarships in total.
Another scholarship is awarded through the Military Order of the Purple Heart to a Combat Wounded Veteran. Among two of our esteemed recipients are Medal of Honor recipient Sgt 1st Class Leroy Petry and Senior Airman Brian Kolfage. One scholarship is awarded to a cadet of the LT Michael Murphy US Naval Sea Cadet Corps based in Sayville New York. This scholarship was just established in 2014 and already has 2 recipients. Another scholarship new for 2014 is to a Gold Star Child through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The inaugural scholarship will be awarded to the son of Navy SEAL LT Mark Russell Wilson who will be attending Johns Hopkins.
The Foundation is funded through in kind donations and proceeds from the Memorial Day Murph Challenge.
The LT Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation is a 501c(3) Charity and there are no administrative costs and all Board Members are volunteers so all funds are used for scholarships only.
All Foundation records are kept by William Andes, Esquire and inquiries can be made at 224 Griffing Ave Riverhead, NY 11901 or LTMichaelMurphyFoundation@Yahoo.Com
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