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Richard Murray Scholarship

The Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 for the purpose of honoring Dr. Richard Murray's service to the Houston community and 40 years of teaching and research at the University of Houston.   

An Overview of Dr. Murray's Accomplishments

  • Taught political science at UH since 1966
  • Founded the Hobby Center for Public Policy (HCPP) in 1981 with a small group of UH faculty

  • Established the HCPP’s polling operations in 1981

  • Co-authored Pro-Growth Politics Change and Governance in Houston (1991)

  • Served as director of the HCPP from 1996-2006

  • Created the HCPP’s Houston Government Internship Program in 1996

  • Launched the computer assisted survey system in the Survey Research Institute in 2000

  • Awarded the Bob Lanier Chair in Urban Public Policy in 2004 

Richard Murray at City Hall

From left to right: Mrs. Elyse Lanier, Mayor Bob Lanier, Dr. Richard Murray, and Debbie Hartman-Murray

The Award 

The Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding political science undergraduate student who shares a passion for politics and policy, has a strong academic commitment and demonstrates a commitment to public service. A $1250.00 award will be presented every year. Private funds were raised to endow this scholarship.   

Congratulations to Ben Nelson, Fall 2016 Recipient


Ben Nelson is a senior at the University of Houston majoring in Political Science.
In spring 2016, Ben interned in the office of Council Member Michael Kubosh.  After graduation, Ben hopes to attend graduate school to further his education in public policy and administration, with the future goal of working for the U.S. Department of State.

"By awarding me the Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school – learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others, give back to the community, and hopefully one day, help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me."

View Past Recipients  

Eligibility Criteria 

The scholarship recipient(s) will be determined by the Richard Murray Scholarship Committee comprised of political science faculty and Hobby School of Public Affairs representatives. Criteria includes the following:

  • Scholarship applicant’s experience inside and outside of the classroom should show a passion for politics and policy.
  • Scholarship applicant should have a strong academic commitment and demonstrated dedication to public service.
  • Scholarship applicant must exhibit leadership ability through campus and/or community activities.
  • Scholarship applicant must have a major in political science declared in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Scholarship applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at the University of Houston. 
  • Scholarship applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours by the conclusion of spring 2016.  Incoming transfer students must have at least 30 hours of coursework completed at UH. 
  • Scholarship applicant is expected to complete satisfactorily at least 75% of the enrolled semester hours for each semester in which the scholarship is applied. 
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for eligibility. 
  • Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with the Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship.
  • Funds can be used to cover expenses for tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. Any expenses of a recipient in excess of the amount deposited must be borne by the student. 


Download the application for spring 2018.  The application deadline is April 10, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.