Thomas P. and Marcella A. Murphy Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Endowment and Gift Planning
Established by the family of the late Tom and Marcella Murphy, this four-year scholarship provides annual financial assistance to a student in the Ryken Studies program who maintains a good standing and a 3.0 or better GPA over the four years. The preference is for the student recipient to have attended either St. Andrews Apostle in Silver Spring, MD, or St. Elizabeth’s in Rockville, MD.
Founded in the Xaverian tradition of academic caring, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School established the Ryken Studies Program to support highly motivated students with mild learning differences. One of the most sought-after programs in the metropolitan DC area, the Ryken Studies Program assists students in their core courses (English, mathematics, religion, science, and social studies) through the use of varied teaching styles and strategies that focus on skill development in small group settings. The goals of the Ryken Studies Program are to prepare students to be successful in college and to help them to become autonomous learners by developing and reinforcing compensation strategies for their learning differences.
Felipe Cardoso-Alano '26