Morgan Scholarship Banquet set for March 7

Northwestern State University’s Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority will host the Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship Banquet recognizing recipients of the David D. Morgan and Sherry F. Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarships.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the Live Oak Courtyard, followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner in the ballroom of NSU’s Sylvan Friedman Student Union.

David and Sherry Morgan have a long history of supporting NSU students and created The Extra Mile Scholarships to recognize members of Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Sigma Sigma who are committed to going the “Extra Mile” to achieve success. Recipients of First Generation Scholarships will also be announced for students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. Qualifying members participate in an application process that is reviewed by chapter alumni before selections are made.

“The Morgans are generous donors that I am so grateful for,” said Kelsi Horn of Many, a 2018 recipient of a First Generation Scholarship. “This couple didn’t know anything about me besides what they read on my application, yet they cared enough to help me finance my college expenses. People like the Morgans make you realize how important it is to give back to the community. You never know how much your impact, big or small, will help someone. I am grateful for their generosity to our sorority and hope to be able to give back one day as they have.”

Mia Adams of Bourg said earning the scholarship pushed her to become a better leader and servant in her community.

“In the past I have served the community of Natchitoches buy working local events like Wings Over Natchitoches, Relay for Life and Flavor of Louisiana,” Adams said. “I also try to give back by spending time at the Humane Society and painting rooms at the local girl’s home. With this continued support I would be able to dedicate more of my time to serve my community and support my future studies at Northwestern State.”

Madysen Watts of Saline said that her First Generation Scholarship showed her and her family that people care about and recognize the need for additional support for first generation students.

“The scholarship has blessed me financially by aiding to cover the cost of tuition. It has internally given me the courage to continue to chase my dreams to someday to be able to do the same for others,” Watts said.

David Morgan, a 1973 NSU graduate and alumnus of NSU’s Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, established the Extra Mile Scholarship in 2008 to recognize members of Pi Kappa Phi who distinguish themselves through academic success, chapter leadership, campus involvement and part-time employment. The scholarship has since grown and is awarded at the national level as well as in the local chapter.

The Sherry Fargerson Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarship for Signa Sigma Sigma was announced in 2017 and mirrors the criteria for Pi Kappa Phi by honoring students who are outstanding and high achieving members of the chapter.

To attend the program, RSVP to Hannah Gaspard at hgaspard065639@nsula.edu by March 1. Cocktail attire is recommended.