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February 16, 2017

Encourage an undergrad to apply for the Morse Scholarship

Submitted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt

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Do you know undergraduates who want to make the world a better place? Let them know that they can get started this summer! K-State Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2017 Marjorie J. and Richard L.D. Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship award funds a student who has an ambitious project or internship planned that encourages the development of public policy, which impacts the quality of family and community life. Applications will be accepted until March 29.

Since 2001, the scholarship has awarded $60,000 to 20 undergraduates who were interested in public policy and community service and chose to put those passions to work for the benefit of others.

The 2016 scholarship winner, Madison May, is a K-State senior in political science and international studies. Thanks to the Morse Scholarship, May worked with Ghana's National Commission for Civic Education to examine the connection between religious beliefs and political participation in Ghana, which became a democratic republic in 1960.

Other recipients have:

  • Traveled to Nepal to support Tripur Kinder Academy, a private, English language school funded by a nonprofit called Open World Cause.
  • Created a bookmobile to bolster early childhood literacy in northeastern Kansas.
  • Taught nutrition and biology to Wilson, Kansas youth by engaging them with a community garden.

Let your students know about the award and application process by sharing the Morse Scholarship website: www.lib.k-state.edu/morse-scholarship.