Scholarship fund established in honor of reporter Molly Murray


A fund established to honor reporter Molly Murray is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Kent or Sussex County high school junior or senior who plans to study journalism or the environment.

The Molly Murray Scholarship Fund was set up by former colleagues to recognize her 40-year career and to continue the invaluable work she did for environmental causes. The  News Journal reporter died in July 2017. Applications for the scholarship, which is administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation, are being accepted through June 30.

Murray was known nationally for her concern for the environment and her ability to describe Delaware’s natural features and issues. She helped readers understand complex problems and solutions affecting Delaware’s fragile coastline, tidal marshes and agricultural lands.

Collin O’Mara, chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation and former secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, called Murray “one of the greatest conservation champions Delaware has ever known.”

The scholarship application deadline is June 30. Students must write an essay of fewer than 500 words about:

  • A personal perspective on Delaware’s most pressing environmental concern
  • Steps each person can take to reduce his or her carbon footprint
  • Impact of storms on coastal communities

Submit the essay by June 30 to: Molly Murray Fund, c/o The Greater Lewes Foundation, P.O. Box 802, Lewes, DE 19958.

Contributions to the Molly Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund are accepted at

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