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K-State Today

March 31, 2015

Undergraduate leaders called on to apply for the Morse Scholarship

Submitted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Marjorie J. and Richard L. D. Morse

K-State Libraries is now accepting applications for the Marjorie J. and Richard L.D. Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to support an undergraduate project that involves community service and has the potential to influence public policy.

Details about the award and the application process are available at www.lib.k-state.edu/morse-scholarship.

Last year's recipient, Zev Allen, used the scholarship to support his work in rural Kansas during an internship with Community CORE, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating spaces to live, work, play and grow. His major projects included establishing a summer bookmobile and mobile food pantry to serve the region's youth.

"The Morse Scholarship is an extraordinary award because it not only recognizes an excellent K-State student, but it also connects that individual's energy and interests to a real-world problem," said Dean of Libraries Lori Goetsch. "We look forward to hearing how this year's applicants intend to make changes to the communities they choose to work in."

The Morse Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2001. It was made possible through an endowment established by Marjorie J. and Dr. Richard L.D. Morse. Richard Morse was a longtime faculty member and administrator in the university's College of Human Ecology. Marjorie Morse became an expert in child care issues and served in numerous positions in that area throughout her career.

In recognition of their financial support of K-State Libraries special collections, the Richard L.D and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections was named in their honor in 1997.

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