2019 Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund


The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund for 2019/2020 is currently ongoing for high school students in Chicago. The scholarship is aimed at helping students who have financial challenges from their homes. DMSF is making a difference in the lives of deserving young men and women, their families and their communities, by giving these Scholars the opportunity to attend college preparatory high schools. See details for more information.

About The Daniel Murphy 

The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation was established in the year 1989 by two Chicago based brothers with their family and friends. Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation believes that education is the key to breaking the poverty chains and grooming leader and role Models from a diverse background. The scholarship fund seeks to be at the forefront of this social change by providing access to college preparatory high schools to promising young men and woman

After partnering with some high Schools back then in 1990, DSWF awarded high School Scholarships to four Economically Challenged Students with the brightest academic future.
Today, DMSF awards 125 new Scholarships to 8th-grade Students annually. It is on record that DMSF has given out 2,440 Scholarships to students in Chicago to allow them to attend college.

Level/Field of Study

The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund is open for Students in the High school who wish to pursue a degree in an accredited College or University in USA. The Student decides his choice course based on his passion.

Host Nationality

The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation is based in Chicago and only coordinate Scholarship programs in the Chicago, United States of AmericaStudents outside Chicago are not allowed to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Worth

The scholarship worth is between the range of $500 and $2,000. This amount varies each year

Eligibility For The 2019 Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following:

  • Candidates must have strong character
  • Must demonstrate financial needs
  • Must have academic potential
  • Must be a resident in Chicago, near Cicero or Berwyn
  • Candidates must be in their 8th grade.

Academic potential

A candidate demonstrates his or her academic potential through grades 6 and 7 grades and test scores. No factor is crucial. The credentials of the candidates must mainly contain the main subjects A and B. Candidates’ test results must demonstrate their ability to work at the grade level or above. The DMSF also carefully reviews the recommendations it has received from the teachers of the candidates.


A candidate can be strong in character through the school and community activities in which he was involved. The character of the applicant will also be judged on the content of the essays that he or she must write, as well as on the recommendations made by teachers and a career counselor.

Financial hardship

Financial needs generally refer to families with an annual income of $ 65,000 or less. Each applicant’s family is required to provide important financial information to the DMSF, including the income of their parents/guardians (including non-caregiving parents and stepparents) and the assets of their parent/guardian.

DMSF can only provide financial support to families who are eligible for financial support from our partner schools. The DMSF scholarship is not a full scholarship. The DMSF covers part of the tuition, the partner school provides substantial financial support, and the families are also responsible for paying tuition fees. The average family contribution is $ 2,500 to $ 3,500 per school year.

How To Apply For The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

  • The application can be completed over several days or weeks. If you want to save what you have already entered on the application before finishing it, and come back to work on it later, click on “save my progress and resume later.
  • That will allow you to generate a user name and password, which you can use to resume working on the application at a later date.
  • No application can be submitted until it has been fully completed.
  • Once your application has been submitted, your teachers and guidance counselor/principal will receive an email asking them to complete a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  We require recommendations from:
  • Your 7th grade English/Language Arts teacher
  • Your 7th grade Math teacher
  • Your principal or school counselor

Your teachers will be contacted to get the recommendations

Required Documents

To complete the application you are required to attach documents concerning your family’s finances. Please attach any and all of the following, if you have them:

  • The 2018 state and federal income tax returns (Form 1040) of both applicants’ parents, as well as other adults who live in applicants’ home (including all schedules)
  • 2018 W-2 Forms from applicant’s parents and other adults who live in applicant’s home
  • Documentation of non-taxable income (child support, public assistance, disability, social security income, etc.)
  • Divorce Decrees

These documents will need to be scanned into your computer as PDF files in order to upload them into the application.

Application Deadline:

Applications will end every May each year. The Lasted dates for the award will be updated here as soon as possible. http://www.dmsf.org/become-a-murphy-scholar/


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