30th Golf Classic was a Success!

DMSF welcomed nearly 500 golfers on June 3rd at the 30th Annual DMSF Golf Classic. It was a historic day with record breaking fundraising highlighted by a very generous donation from a Murphy Scholar alum during the paddle raise. Thanks to the generous support through the live and silent auction, paddle raise, sponsorships, foursomes, individual entries and donations more than $1.8 million was raised for DMSF.

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Welcome Murphy Scholar Class of 2023






Last night, we were honored to bestow the Daniel Murphy Scholarship to 133 8th graders who will comprise the next class of Murphy Scholars (Class of 2023). The Scholars along with their parents, teachers and families, joined us for the ceremony at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago. This class was chosen out of nearly 1,000 applicants.  Welcome to the Murphy Scholar Family!

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Give a Gift of Scholarship

Murphy Scholars and their families continue to thrive thanks to your belief in DMSF’s mission to provide scholarship and programming opportunities to bright, deserving students from the Chicago, Cicero and Berwyn.
This holiday season, consider a gift to Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and help Murphy Scholar families experience the joy of educational access.

Your investment will help us to continue to experience truly significant outcomes:

  • 100% of Murphy Scholars were accepted to a four-year university in 2018
  • 83% of Murphy Scholars are persisting in college, five times the national rate for students coming from similar under resourced communities
  • 72% of Murphy Scholars from the Class of 2019 will be first generation college students
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DMSF receives Platinum Seal of Transparency and 4-star Charity Rating

Transparency and trust are crucial to the success of DMSF and we are proud to share that two of the leading charity evaluation groups recently awarded DMSF with their highest honors. We received a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and a 4-Star Charity Rating from Charity Navigator. A four-star rating from Charity Navigator means an organization exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause. DMSF joins select company as only 3% of charities receive a Platinum rating from GuideStar.

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Join The Murphy Family

Help Us Continue to Ignite Potential of Murphy Scholars

On September 27th at City Winery, DMSF hosted their signature Sponsor a Scholar event, featuring a Murphy Scholar family, the Pedroza Family— and their four Murphy Scholars. The evening also included a special musical performance by Murphy Scholar Alumna, Akenya. The spirit of the Murphy Scholar Family was evident throughout the evening.

Please consider joining the Murphy Scholar Family and help us continue to ignite the potential of many young deserving scholars in gaining access to top notch high schools and supportive programming today!

To join the Murphy Family and help Ignite Potential by making a donation, please click here.


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Achievers Fall Newsletter

On our way to 500 Scholars.

Read more in our Fall Issue of The Achiever here.

Invest in a Murphy Scholar Today!

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Golf Classic Raises $1.6M!

Communities have a way of coming together to do great things. The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund community certainly did just that on Monday as 480 golfers came together to raise $1.6M at the 29th Annual DMSF Golf Classic! Attendees spent a lovely afternoon competing at Shoreacres, Skokie, Conway Farms, Knollwood, and Exmoor, and then gatheredfor cocktails and a dinner program. Our keynote speaker Samantha Castro-Rico (pictured above with her parents) reflected on her time as a Murphy Scholar and cited the powerful exposure and encouragement that accompanied the scholarship she received. Watch her full speech here check out the pictures here.

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NBC 5 Making a Difference

NBC 5 Chicago – Making a Difference Segment

NBC 5’s Kye Martin speaks with Daniel Murphy’s Scholarship Fund Executive Director Jose Rodriguez about a life-changing program that has helped provide scholarship support for economically-challenged students in Chicago.
(Published Sunday, May 27, 2018)

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DMSF Introduces New Executive Director

The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund welcomes Jose R. Rodriguez as its new Executive Director, succeeding Andy David who in August announced his plans to retire after nearly 11 years in the role.

Jose comes to DMSF after 16 years at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School where he is Vice President of the Corporate Work Study Program.  He also serves in the same role at Christ the King Jesuit High School.  During his time at the two schools Jose has successfully grown the program, which serves close to 1,000 students, into the largest jobs program for youth in Chicago.

Jose will bring to DMSF a deep passion for the mission of educating Chicago students.  In addition to his demonstrated ability to share this passion with donors, Jose exhibits the leadership skills to move our organization forward and build on existing momentum as we aim to serve 500 scholars.  We, of course, share his conviction that the DMSF mission is “compelling, relevant and significant” and that it enables students to “change the course of their lives in a positive way.”

Jose is a lifelong Chicagoan.  He graduated from DePaul with a BA in Communications and earned a MBA from Loyola.  His civic leadership includes memberships on the boards of Arrupe College of Loyola University and Advocate Health Care/Advocate Bethany Fund.  He sits on the Chairman’s Advisory Council of Big Shoulders Fund and was a member of the 2013 cohort of the prestigious Leadership Greater Chicago.  On a personal level Jose has firsthand knowledge of our awesome Scholars as his wife Patty is a DMSF alum!

DMSF is extremely grateful for Andy David’s extraordinary leadership.  Led by his inspired direction DMSF has experienced significant growth in the way we serve our scholars.  Providing more scholarships than ever before while continuing to offer a rich array of support services for our talented Scholars places the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund at the forefront of educational organizations in Chicago.  The remarkable accomplishments of our Scholars are a powerful testament to Andy’s influence.  The organization has benefitted from his vision, dedication and genuine concern for all DMSF Scholars.  Thanks to Andy’s many contributions DMSF with its amazing staff is poised to prosper in the work we do on behalf of our Scholars.  Efforts are underway to celebrate Andy’s success and you will hear more about that soon.

I appreciate the dedication of the board members who served on the Search Committee and others who participated in the process. DMSF partnered with Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm that specializes in leading searches for mission-driven clients.

Jose will begin his time as DMSF Executive Director on February 20.  In the coming days we will follow up with news about a welcome event .  We are thrilled that he will lead DMSF as we continue to “ignite potential and enrich lives!”

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Morgan and Walker selected as 2018 Surge Institute Fellows

DMSF is proud to announce that DMSF staff (and alumni!) Paul Morgan, Director of Programs and Innovation, and Willow Walker, Associate Director of Education-Admissions, have been selected as part of the 2018 Surge Fellowship cohort! The Surge Institute’s mission is to educate and develop leaders of color who create transformative change in urban education. Read the full statement from the Surge Institute below.

Congratulations Paul and Willow!

25 Chicago Education Leaders Selected for 2018 Surge Fellowship

The Surge Institute has further expanded the reach of its signature yearlong fellowship program, accepting a diverse cohort of 25 equity-minded, emerging African American and Latino Chicago education leaders.

The 2018 Surge Fellowship cohort was selected from a large pool of impressive applicants and is comprised of Fellows from across the education landscape – including Chicago Public Schools, various charter schools and networks, higher education institutions and non-profit youth-serving organizations.

Over the course of the Fellowship, Surge Fellows receive extensive executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. The cohort will also develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. As a culminating final step of the program, Fellows will complete individual capstone projects to advance the work of a new or existing Chicago education initiative.

Dominique McKoy, a 2018 Surge Fellowship awardee and Director of School Partnerships for OneGoal, says he is in the work of dismantling systems of oppression that work against our students. “I understand that this work is greater than any one institution, organization, politician or community,” McKoy said. “The Surge Fellowship offers me an opportunity to become part of a legacy of committed leaders of color making their own contributions to this work, while also—most importantly—providing us with the space to align our efforts as a collective movement.”

Below is the full list of 2018 Surge Fellows:

On August 26, 2017, the 2017 Fellows graduated with a private graduation ceremony held at McDonald’s Hamburger University. New Alum and Executive Director of iMentor Chicago Halleemah Nash beamed about the future, stating, “We are exiting this sacred space with an elevated brand, a greater capacity for advocacy, a deeper self-identity, and the charge to truly live out what it means to be [2017 Surge Fellows].”

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