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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 over 50 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 undergraduate student who shares a passion for politics and policy, has a strong academic commitment and demonstrates a dedication to public service. A minimum of one $1250.00 award will be presented every year. Private funds were raised to endow this scholarship.   

Congratulations to Carolina Lopez-Herrera and Kryss Schofield, 2020 Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship Recipients


Carolina Lopez-Herrera: "It is an honor to have received a scholarship named after a remarkable individual. Thank you for having faith in me by recognizing me and my accomplishments. My dream is to serve others through public service and be the voice for those who are silenced. I wish to create change. Even in the smallest ways, change equivocates to the loverhood of others in the realm of public service."

Kryss Schofield: "This award means so much to me and will allow me to continue my education at the University of Houston.  Dr. Murray's civic engagement has inspired me to continue to work hard to better the Houston community. In the future, beyond working as an immigration attorney and congresswoman, I would also like to run a non-profit centered around helping groups of young marginalized women pursue successful careers."

View Past Recipients  

Eligibility Criteria 

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

  • Scholarship prospect exhibits leadership qualities as determined by the Hobby School Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarship applicant should have a strong academic commitment and demonstrate dedication to public service.
  • Scholarship applicant should demonstrate a passion for politics and policy.
  • Scholarship applicant can be a certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston.
  • Scholarship recipient must maintain a GPA in accordance with the standards set by the Hobby School Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with the Dr. Richard Murray 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 fall 2021 application.  The application deadline is Friday, November 19.