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Graduate Student Scholarship

Murphy Scholars

About Murphy Scholars

Murphy Scholars are involved in the full range of programming offered by the Murphy Institute, including public events, private faculty seminars and roundtables. They engage with the Institute's nationally and internationally recognized guests, and participate in special institute projects throughout the year according to their academic focus and scholarly interest. These projects may include research, writing opportunities, communications, and event planning. 

Murphy Scholars also have the unique opportunity to take part in community and formation events with peers from both the School of Law and Catholic Studies graduate program.  


The assistantship provides a $2,000 stipend ($1,000 per semester).


Students enrolled full-time in the JD, MA in Catholic Studies or JD/MA Joint Degree programs are eligible to apply. Students must also be in residence.

Application Process

The Murphy Scholar application is open each fall for admission to the current academic year's program.  Application materials and details will be made available here when applications are being accepted.

Meet Our Murphy Scholars

Law student Federico Benvenutto headshot
Law and Catholic Studies Master’s student Jordan Carew headshot
Law student Shannon Eckman headshot
Law student Miranda Janssen headshot
Law and Catholic Studies Master’s student Adam Pilon
Law student Nicholas Rapisarda
Law student Wendy Raymond headshot
Law student Tyler Wessman-Conroy headshot

Emeritus Murphy Scholars

Roque Albuja Ponce
Estudio Jurídico Juan F. Páez Terán

Rachana Chhin
Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops

Christopher Damian
Target Corporation

Morgan Fuller
Point B

Kathleen Goerke
MN Judicial Branch

Maura Kennedy

Dylan Knoll
Denechaud and Denechaud, L.L.C.

Kathryn Mollen

Joseph Nelson

Sarah (Schaefer) Daly
Thomson Reuters

Peter Strickland
US Army JAG Corp

Heidi Van Der Berg
Gries Lenhardt Allen P.L.L.P

Thomas Wheeler
MN Judicial Branch