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Department of Forensic Science

The Emily R. Murphy Graduate Scholarship

When Emily Murphy was 3 years old, she dreamed of growing up to be an elephant.  As she grew older, she considered that dream may be implausible. 

Emily Murphy moved to Richmond, VA to fulfill her young adult dream of being a forensic scientist.  Emily was awarded full tuition and a stipend to be the Department’s first graduate teaching assistant.  She was bright, ambitious, thoughtful, and exceptionally kind.  She worked hard and was an inspiration to faculty and students alike. 

Emily’s dream ended.  On November 2, 2002, Emily Murphy died in a car accident in Washington, DC at the age of 22.  Always in pursuit of knowledge, she had traveled to Washington that day to tour the Spy Museum.

The Emily R. Murphy Scholarship in Forensic Science was established to memorialize a vibrant young woman with a promising future.  Family, friends, alumni, students, and faculty contributed to this fund to bring it to endowment, ensuring that the Emily R. Murphy Scholarship would be available into perpetuity.  Students who have demonstrated a commitment to service in their community will be considered strongly for this scholarship.  It is available only to VCU graduate students in the Forensic Science Department.

Students interested in applying should apply through the College's centralized scholarship application system between January 1 and February 15. To learn more about the scholarship, e-mail

To make a contribution to this scholarship, visit the following link and search 'Murphy': Donate today

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