James D. Morrison Memorial Scholarship

James D. Morrison taught primarily English at Pleasant Valley High School for 20 years from 1962-1982.  He was a master teacher who was passionate about the English language, literature, and writing.  What he loved most was unlocking the mysteries of grammar and usage.  He was also adamant about propelling any and every one toward communicating with all the creative ammunition the English language could provide.  He was open to encouraging every step students took towards deep thought, analysis, and independent thinking.

“Moose,” as students and faculty alike called him with affection and humor, bore a confident manner, was a stickler for details, and had a wickedly dry sense of humor.  He loved his wife, Margaret and his dog, Wrinkles.  He cherished words, humor and using the English language.  And he loved young people – all very different and from varied walks of life – who came through his door at PVHS, completely unaware of a love for life and language that he would spark in them.  And it was with this love that in death in 2000 he has provided a scholarship fund for students who also possess that spark for life, whether brightly burning or as a little aware ember.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who plan to major in English or a related course of college study
  • The one-year scholarship shall be awarded on broad-based criteria, which shall include academic merit and student potential as demonstrated by non-academic indicators
  • Scholarship not based on financial need

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Please submit an essay describing yourself, including personal aspirations, educational goals, and career goals. Consider the requirements and selection criteria of the scholarship when deciding what to include in your essay. You may also report any additional information that you believe should be considered in reviewing your application.

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Past Scholarship Recipients:

2021    Paris Fietsam
2020   Ava Sorgenfrey
2019    Azariah Courtney 
2018    Luisa Tekeli
2017    Patrick McMonagle
2016    Sara Herzberg
2015    Rekha Karuparthy
2014    Erica Peterson
2013    Ananya Pillutla
2012    Hannah Thomsen
2011     Emily Border
2010    Kari Pauol
2009   Vanessa Van Pelt
2008   Abigail Soenksen
2007   Marielle Redington
2006   Kiley Seligman
2005   Ashley VenHorst
2004   Kelly Stavnes
2003   Adeolide Stegmaier
2002   Karina Carson
2001    Kristin Keith