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Emilia Murphy

Murray 1693 ScholarEmilia Murphy


Annandale, VA (The Culver Academies)

Academic Interests

International Relations, Public Policy, Computer Science

Why W&M

People talk about the difficulties of applying to college, but they rarely discuss the challenge of choosing one. I imagined that come March, a magic voice - accompanied by rose petals and a string quartet - would tell me where to go. Imagine my panic when I had no idea what my post-high school plans would be by the spring of senior year. I had visited more than 20 schools, but none felt like The One. 

Coming to William & Mary for the 1693 Scholars Finalist Weekend brought a sense of clarity. Beyond the activities hosted by the program, I also talked with students in the William & Mary/University of St. Andrews Joint Degree Program. Being able to study international relations in a multinational program excited me. It offered a sense of adventure and a chance to study IR more in-depth. William & Mary also offered proximity to my family. I had spent four years attending a boarding school in Indiana, and I wanted to be closer to home. In the end, though, the people made the difference. The community I found with the 1693 Scholars was unlike any other. Even though we only spent a couple of days together, I felt comfortable with them immediately. Everyone was excited to share the things they were passionate about, and they were just as excited to hear me talk about the things I loved. I left William & Mary wanting more than anything to be a part of that community, knowing that I had found The One. 

W&M Activities 
High School Activities 
  • Captain of varsity soccer team
  • Captain of varsity speech team
  • Captain of varsity quizbowl
  • Editor-in-Chief of student newspaper
  • President of Model United Nations
  • President of Women in STEM
  • Chair of Diversity Council
  • Chair of Culver Girls Academy Council
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Awards / Distinctions
  • National Merit Scholar
  • National AP Scholar with Distinction
  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth Virtual Summer Intensive - Mandarin
  • Indiana University Honors in Foreign Language – Spanish
  • Global Youth Institute Finalist & Borlaug Scholar
  • 2022 Northern Indiana National History Day Champion
  • Brown University Book Award
  • National Spanish Honors Society
  • Culver Academies Batten Scholarship
  • NIRSEF Notre Dame College of Engineering Dean Award
  • NIRSEEF First Place Project, Chemistry
  • Indiana Speech First Team All-State, Discussion State Runner-Up