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CCU student Ally Murphy wins Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship

March 6, 2024
Ally Murphy, a CCU freshman from Gibsonia, Pa., has been awarded a Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship.

Ally Murphy, a Coastal Carolina University freshman from Gibsonia, Pa., has been awarded a $5,000 Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship. This nationally competitive award honors the courage and service of America’s heroes by alleviating the financial burdens associated with higher education for their family members.

The stepdaughter of a decorated Navy veteran, Murphy is a sustainability and coastal resilience major and a member of the HTC Honors program at CCU.

“I am honored to have been awarded the Folds of Honor Scholarship, as it not only recognizes academic achievement but pays tribute to the sacrifices made by our military families,” said Murphy. “I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my educational goals with the support of this award, and I look forward to contributing to my community and society at large.”

Murphy’s appreciation for environmental studies developed through her love of sailing. Engaging in the sport sparked her interest in what affected the air and water, motivating her to study topics such as pollution, climate change, and natural resource management.

Murphy is involved in CCU’s Sailing, Sea Turtle, and Sustainability clubs, and is a member of CCU’s chapter of Sigma Kappa. In the future, she wants to address environmental and sustainability issues through working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association or at a company where she can help protect people and the planet.

“I have known Ally since her first semester at Coastal Carolina University,” said Presley Leopard, assistant director of University Marketing. “She was in my UNIV 110 class and instantly stood out due to her strong work ethic and passion for sustainability. I know she will continue to use her mind and enthusiasm to make positive change not only on campus, but in any community she is a part of. Ally is extremely deserving of this scholarship, and I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish next.”

Students interested in nationally competitive awards are asked to email CCU’s Office of National Scholarships at

Written by Judith Zang, Office of National Scholarships