The Rick and Sherry Murray Medical Futures Scholarship
Rick and Sherry Murray met and were married in 1964 in Pensacola, FL, where Rick was training for a career in Naval Aviation. Over the course of his 25 years in the Navy, the Murray family traveled all over the globe. Upon his retirement, Rick and Sherry returned to Jacksonville, where they had served their first tour of duty nearly 3 decades earlier.
Rick and Sherry’s active lifestyle of tennis and traveling was curtailed in 1999 by Rick’s ALS diagnosis. After receiving the news of life expectancy of 3 years, Rick’s competitive spirit rose to the challenge and he nearly tripled that prognosis. During that time, Rick and Sherry found new ways to stay active, particularly through increased charitable work and philanthropic giving in the Jacksonville area. Together, they became tireless advocates for ALS research and awareness by participating in Walks, giving speeches to support groups, visiting with congressional representatives, publishing the motivational book - Rick’s Reflections - and helping organize the first Lou Gehrig Day for the Jacksonville Suns. In fact, Rick attended the ALS awareness event at the Suns’ ballpark in 90-degree heat, just 3 days before he died.
Following his passing, Sherry doubled her community involvement and philanthropic efforts. She became a founding volunteer of the Florida Chapter’s “Next Chapter” program, a social renewal group for those who have lost a spouse to ALS, with a special emphasis on raising awareness of the unique struggles that caregivers face during a loved one’s battle with a terminal illness. A lifelong learner and educator herself, Sherry was especially eager to assist others in achieving their dreams by expanding their educational opportunities. To this end, she established several scholarships, including the ALS Medical Futures Scholarship in 2013. Sadly, Sherry succumbed to her own battle with cancer in 2014, but not before leaving an indelible imprint on the philanthropic community of Jacksonville.
Today, Rick and Sherry’s three children and seven grandchildren keep their philanthropic spirit alive through numerous causes and scholarships. They are proud to continue this scholarship, now named The Rick and Sherry Murray Medical Futures Scholarship, which is designed to help the spouses, children, and grandchildren of those who are living with ALS or have lost their battle, and whose lives have been changed as a result of that experience - thus impacting their decisions to enter the medical field as a way of making a difference for future patients of any disease.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 13, 2017
The Rick and Sherry Murray Medical Futures Scholarship is for students who have or have had a spouse, parent, or grandparent diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and who want to pursue a degree in the medical profession as a result of their experience. Applicants must be:
- The spouse, child or grandchild of a person who has been diagnosed with ALS. (Families of every tradition will be considered).
- A legal resident of Florida.
- Currently majoring in any medically-related degree or attending any medically-related certification program.
- Any age of student may apply - scholarships are not restricted to graduating high school seniors, high school graduates or current undergraduates.
- Applicants must attend or be accepted to school full-time (as defined by the educational institution) at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school located in the U.S.
All interested students must complete an application and mail it along with a current, complete official transcript of grades (Grade reports are not acceptable. Official transcripts must display student name, school name, degree program, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken.), a 500-word essay describing how the student’s experience with ALS has impacted him/her and his/her decision to enter the medical field, and two (2) letters of recommendation. Other requirements are listed on the application.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Samantha Luke: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.257.1717 ext.107
PLEASE NOTE: To be considered, ALL completed applications MUST BE MAILED to 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL, 33619.