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:
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us why you've chosen your field of study.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us what your plans are after your post-secondary education is complete.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us about one of the following: your ability to problem solve, work with others, and/or your dedication to the community.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us how you've overcome an obstacle.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us anything else about yourself you think the selection committee would like to know.
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Past Scholarship Recipients:
2022 Hailey Mitchell
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