Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
MISSION of the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation is
"to recognize, motivate and reward outstanding students with
financial need to pursue higher education."
is the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation?
The Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation is a Hartford-based
organization founded by Walter "Doc" Hurley, Sr. For 39 years
Doc has been raising money for scholarships for Hartford area
high school students who are about to enter college. For many
years, Doc Hurley has been a one-man fundraising machine,
consumed by his desire to help as many kids as he could to
go on to a better life. In recent years he has been aided
by a board of trustees and by his daughter, Muriel Hurley-Carter,
who is now Executive Director of the organization and a driving
force behind the furthering of her father's legacy.
kind of financial support does the Doc Hurley Scholarship
When Doc Hurley began these scholarships, he
called them "book scholarships", because the size of the award
was appropriate to cover the costs of the textbooks and
supplies. In 1999 the amount of each award was raised from
$1,000 to $2,000 each to recognize the increase cost of books,
computers and other necessary educational aids and supplies.
In 2001, 14 students were awarded a $2,000 book scholarship
and 2 students were awarded $2,500 renewable scholarships and
this year we are proud to award 15 additional students with
$2,000 book scholarships and 1 more student received an
award of a $2,500 renewable scholarship.
How does the Scholarship Foundation currently raise most
of its money?
The Scholarship Foundation currently raises most of its money
through its major annual event, The Doc Hurley Basketball
Classic, an invitational high school basketball tournament
held in December. Although the Foundation also receives some
other financial support from individuals and organizations
throughout the year, its goal is to further build its year-round
is eligible for a Doc Hurley Scholarship? How are recipients
Students are selected from a pool of applicants
based on academic achievement, financial need, community service
and an essay written by each candidate. All students in the
high schools are welcome to apply and athletic performance
is not a criterion, 94% of our recipients are not athletes.
Applications are reviewed and approved by the Foundation's
Scholarship Committee. Scholarship eligibility is open to
students in most high schools in the Greater Hartford area.
are some of the Scholarship Foundation's key statistics over
the past 39 years?
the Foundation's inception, it has given more than $500,000
in scholarships to 550 students.
Past recipients have attended the following colleges:
Cookman,Boston College, Brown University, Bryant, Capitol
Community, Cazenovia Central Connecticut, Clark University,
UCONN, Dartmouth, Duke, Eastern Connecticut, Elms College,
Emory, Fairfield, Fordham, Georgia State, Green Mountain
College, Hampton, Hartford, Howard, John Hopkins, Lawrence
University, Lynchberg, Maryland, Massachusetts, Morehouse,
Morgan State, Mount IDA, University of New Hampshire, Norfolk
State, NotreDame, Pennsylvania, Providence, Sacred Heart,
St. Joseph's College, Southern Connecticut, Spelman, Springfield
College, Syracuse Tampa, Temple, Trinity, Tufts, Tuskegee,
Virginia State, Wesleyan, Wheelock, Wingate, Worcester Tech.