The Murphy Scholars Program in Literature and Language provides selected students a variety of mentored, cocurricular experiences that deepen their knowledge of literature and language. Any student with a passion for these subjects may apply—regardless of their major.

The application process for each cohort takes place in spring of the freshman year, giving Scholars three full years to enjoy the program's offerings before graduation. Thirty are selected from every class, meaning that ninety are active in the program for most of the year.

Murphy Scholars gain an added layer of distinction in literature and language that enriches their perspectives and their lives—as well as attracting the notice of future employers and graduate and professional schools.


  • Study-Travel Allowance Funds in the amount of $4,000, to be used for approved cocurricular experiences in literature and language

  • Structured ways to pursue deeper study of literature and language beyond the classroom

  • Opportunities for in-depth exchanges with Distinguished Visitors in literature and language — writers, translators, editors, and scholars whom the program brings to campus

  • Distinction upon graduation

  • Belonging to a community of scholars — including fellowship, professional preparation, and the excitement that comes from the collective investigation of literature and language


  • Participate actively in Hendrix’s community of scholarship in literature and language by attending the monthly Murphy Scholar meetings and supporting Hendrix-Murphy events

  • Complete a tutorial course in literature or language

  • Complete three cocurricular experiences in literature or language (many of which are activities Scholars may already be involved in, and may count for Odyssey credit)


Murphy Scholars receive intensive mentorship in their literary and language-related explorations. They nurture their creativity through projects and exercises in drama, creative writing, and languages and by launching cross-disciplinary ventures that bring these fields together. In Oxford-style tutorials they hone their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and build confidence in speaking before others. Off campus and on, they gain valuable professional experience that will set them apart when applying for graduate school, professional school, and jobs.