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John Murphy Endowed Scholarship

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John Murphy Endowed Scholarship

Opportunity to Honor a Wonderful Teacher and Mentor

In April 2017, Dr. John Murphy was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Southwest Division Hall of Fame, and shortly after, he was named one of the ten best educators by Alcalde magazine for 2017. These tremendous honors are the most recent of the 19 awards he has received throughout his career.

During the fall of 2017, students, friends, colleagues, and family of John Murphy have the opportunity to be part of establishing an endowed scholarship in his honor. The John Murphy Endowed Scholarship will be a lasting tribute to a wonderful teacher and mentor, and it will award annual scholarships to seniors in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations that have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership. John Murphy's passion has always been supporting students, and this scholarship will continue that legacy in perpetuity.

About John Murphy

Known for his passion for teaching, commitment to excellence, and ability to create "light bulb moments" for students, John Murphy has been a guiding force at The University of Texas at Austin for decades. Although he retired from classroom teaching in 2015, he continues to work with UT students in the AAF student chapter. He also serves as Program Coordinator of the AAF/UT Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program and is involved in a wide range of other initiatives through his leadership as Director of Special Programs at the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations. You can read more about John Murphy, see a tribute to the 12 AAF competition teams he coached, and view a photo gallery of many former students who won the 318J project by visiting his faculty page


Reflections from Former Students

"He started my love for advertising."

"It was the sheer force of Dr. Murphy's personality that made the greatest impact. He demanded I be better. He insisted I work harder. He pushed. He prodded. He simply made me think and grind harder than I ever had before."

"He's a special man, and I am fortunate to have known him." 


Frequently Asked Questions about this Campaign 

What is HornRaiser?

HornRaiser is the official crowdfunding platform of The University of Texas at Austin. 

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes, 100 percent of your gift is tax-deductible. Gifts to projects featured on HornRaiser are considered charitable contributions to The University of Texas at Austin.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes, you will receive a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from the university.

At what level will donor names be recognized in the Moody College of Communication?

For gifts of $1,000 or more, donor names (as they appear on the HornRaiser donor wall) will be recognized on a John Murphy Endowed Scholarship plaque in the Belo Center for New Media at the Moody College of Communication. 

May I choose to not display my name and / or gift amount on HornRaiser?

Yes, when making your gift, you will be asked what information you would like included on the HornRaiser Donor Wall. 

May I give more or less than the gift levels available? 

Of course! 

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on HornRaiser.

I would like to make a contribution to this endowment through a check or gift of securities. How do I do that? 

Please contact Laura McKnight at the Moody College of Communication: or (512) 471-0609. 

Is there a good way to contact John Murphy? 

He would love to hear from you. His email address is:



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Teaching Awards

19 awards and honors have been given to John Murphy to recognize his contributions to students, higher ed, and the advertising industry.


Years of Teaching

For 42 years, John Murphy dedicated his life to educating and inspiring students as a professor.


AAF Teams

12 UT AAF teams - each with 10 students or more - had the opportunity to be coached, mentored, and sponsored by John Murphy.


Stickell Internship Program

John Murphy has worked with 298 students through the transformative AAF/UT Vance & Betty Lee Stickell internship program.


Intro to Advertising

318J Intro to Advertising - the course where countless students fell in love with advertising.



John Murphy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in Marketing in 1974, but he never left the Forty Acres.


Hall of Fame

In 2017, John Murphy was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Southwest Division Hall of Fame.


Table Tennis and Croquet

An estimated number of games he has played, many of which with students.


Days on Campus

Thousands of days (and counting!) he has been on campus - always with the goal of helping students.


Lives Impacted

John Murphy has taught, coached, inspired, and mentored an estimated 27,000 students during his time at UT.

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