DMSF By the Numbers

Learn more about DMSF’s history and the successes of Murphy Scholars.

  • DMSF has a proven history of success: 29 years strong, founded in 1989.
  • There is significant need: Over 1,000 8th grade students submit applications to us each year. In 2018, we were able to select an incoming class of 117 students.
  • We have a large impact: During the 2018-2019 academic year, nearly 450 Murphy Scholars enrolled at one of our 80 partner high schools—both at home in Chicago and in boarding schools across the country.
  • Our support is tailored to Scholar need: we offer 1:1 mentoring, professional tutoring, affinity group programming, summer employment opportunities, and college counseling.
  • The students we serve have demonstrated financial need: The average income of a current Murphy Scholar family is roughly $40,000 annually. Half of our scholars come from single-parent households.
  • DMSF serves a diverse group of students: 45% Hispanic, 39% African-American, 6.5% Caucasian, 3% Asian, and 6.5% identify as multiracial or cite other backgrounds.
  • Murphy Scholars are trailblazers: 67% will be the first in their families to attend college.
  • Families of Murphy Scholars must reside in Chicago, Berwyn, or Cicero: the neighborhoods with the largest number of our scholars are Chicago Lawn/ Marquette Park (28), Brighton Park (27), Uptown (19), Calumet Heights (18), North Austin (17), and South Austin (17).
  • More than 2,600 students have attended high school as Murphy Scholars.
  • 96.5% of students who begin as Murphy Scholars graduate from high school.
  • 100% of Murphy Scholars who graduate high school gain acceptance to four-year colleges and universities; 97% attend.
  • 84% of Murphy Scholars who attend four-year colleges and universities have already, or are on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
  • For every $1 DMSF invests in a Murphy Scholar’s education, $10 is offered in financial aid from partner high schools and colleges..