Robert M. Murphy Medical Scholarship
The Robert M. Murphy Medical Scholarship is awarded annually, based on financial need to one or more medical students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The scholarship goes to a student who is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces.
Michael Murphy, of La Canada, California, established the scholarship in 2005 in honor of his father, Dr. Robert M. Murphy, currently a resident of Murrieta, California.
Robert Murphy was born and raised in Sumner, Iowa. He entered the University of Iowa in 1943 at the age of 17. He planned to attend the University’s medical school after completing a degree in general science (the “pre-med” curriculum of that day). Like so many others, his education was interrupted by the war.
Upon turning 18, Murphy enlisted in the Marines. He was wounded in Okinawa shortly after his 19th birthday. As a result of his injuries, he lost much of the use of his left arm. Because of his disability, he was discouraged from applying to medical school. As an alternative, he pursued a career in optometry. After earning his O.D., Dr. Murphy returned to the University of Iowa to complete the coursework required to earn his B.S. in general science.
Without the help offered to veterans by family, friends, and the University of Iowa community, it is unlikely that Dr. Murphy could have completed his education. He is proud of his affiliation with the University and is an enthusiastic alumnus. The Murphy family is very pleased to assist UI medical students and veterans of our armed forces as they strive to develop meaningful and fulfilling careers.
Congratulations on receiving the Robert M. Murphy Medical Scholarship