Prizes and Awards

A. T. Eaddy Memorial award

To the student minister who exerts positive religious influence through his/her religious convictions and sincere dedication to the gospel ministry. Given by daughter, Rev. Eliza Eaddy Black.

Florence Darby award

To an individual from the student members of the Morris College family who exemplifies strong religious convictions. Given by Henry Darby.

The One More Effort Federated Club Award

For the encouragement of a full-time Morris College sophomore or junior Teacher Education major (regardless of field of concentration) who has good moral qualities and a grade point average of not less than 3.0. Donated by the One More Effort  Federated Club of Sumter, South Carolina.

The Inez Hilton Vereen Practicum in Education Award

Presented to the junior student who during the semester of Practicum exemplifies creativity, responsibility, self-reliance and professionalism. The student must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average during the semester of the Practicum experience. Donated by friends of the Vereen family and of the College.

The Harris Sabino Richardson Memorial Award

Awarded to a junior of good moral character with a grade point average of 2.5 or above who is supporting himself/herself financially. Donated by Mrs. M. R. Hollingsworth.

Willis C. Johnson Memorial Award

Awarded to a student in need of assistance who has completed the sophomore year with a grade point average of 3.2 or better. This student must also have exhibited qualities of good citizenship during freshman and sophomore years. Donated by Mrs. Minnie W. Johnson in memory of Mr. Willis C. Johnson.

H. H. Butler Commemorative Award

To the student who exhibits a strong personality, deep earnest convictions, and Christian character. Donated by the Woman’s Baptist State Convention.

Garrick-Pinson Commemorative Award

To the best all-around student in the Senior Class. Donated by the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Wateree Association.

O. R. Reuben Prize

Given to the male student who best exemplifies interest and participation in current issues and in projects of human welfare and uplift. Contributed through the O. R. Reuben Memorial Fund.

T. B. Wright Memorial Award

To the senior who has taken the most active part in religious activities on the campus. Donated by Mrs. Margaret W. Davis.

Special Award for Creative Writing

For the best creative writing during the year by a Morris College student. Donated by Dr. Marc David.

The Reverend John C. Simmons Memorial Award

Awarded to the student from Jasper County who exemplifies outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship, and high moral character. Sponsored by the Simmons Family.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award

Awarded to the student with a 2.5 grade point average and above who participated in both community and student activities that foster and reflect the philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Jenkins Family Award

Presented to the freshman who writes the best article in the Bell Ringer.

W. H. Hightower Memorial Award

Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior female student who contributed outstanding leadership through her work with the Baptist Student Union.

Mrs. E. D. Dixon Memorial Award

Awarded to an outstanding male and female member of the Gospel Choir.

Walter Brown Award

Awarded to the junior or senior majoring in Political Science with the highest grade point average.

Lena M. Baldwin Memorial Award

Presented to the junior or senior majoring in Health Science with the highest grade point average.

Ronald McNair Award

Presented to a junior or senior Biology major with the highest grade point average.

Luns C. Richardson Freshman English Award

To the freshman student maintaining the highest average in Freshman English. Donated by Dr. Luns C.. Richardson, President.

Luns C. Richardson Praxis II Examination Award

To the student making the highest Praxis II Examination scores during the senior year. Donated by Dr. Luns C. Richardson, President.

Boley-Diggs-Sanders Award

Awarded to a female student who exemplifies scholarship and Christian principles. Donated by the Woman ’s Auxiliary, Wateree Baptist Association Lower Division in honor of Margaret S. Boley, Mary H. Diggs and Beatrice G. Sanders.

Xi Epsilon Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Award

To the Morris College student who through his/her participation and leadership contributes the greatest toward promoting the intellectual atmosphere of the College. The student must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior with a cumulative  grade point average of 2.5 or above. Donated by the college chapter.

The I. DeQuincy Newman Award

Awarded to a student majoring in Political Science who demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Dr. and Mrs. S. B. Marshall Award

Awarded to a deserving student who exemplifies high scholarship, has a good citizenship record, and shows commitment to the growth and development of Morris College. Donated by Dr. and Mrs. S. B. Marshall.

Willie Alma Dawson Moody Memorial Award

Awarded to a sophomore or junior with at least a 2.5 grade point average or better in Education (Early Childhood Education) and who displays good character  and teaching promise, leadership qualities and is in need of financial assistance to achieve educational goals.

Hallman Education Award

To a rising sophomore student majoring in Teacher Education who has passed the Praxis I Examination.

The Marion Newton Award

To the most outstanding student in student activities. Given by Rev. Marion Newton.

Ethel German Scott Memorial Award

Awarded to the student musician of the Morris College Gospel Choir for the current academic year. Donated by Mrs. Sandra Scott Gibson.

The Noble Leon Elbridge Scott Memorial Award

Awarded to a student majoring in Business Administration with at least a 2.8 grade point average. The student should be interested in becoming an Entrepreneur. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Sandra Scott Gibson.

The Junius E. Dowell Award

Awarded to a member of Pi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and a member of Iota Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The Shellie Dunbar Prize

To the young lady who makes the most improvement in scholarship, is the most cooperative, and excels in usefulness. Donated by the Woman’s Baptist State Convention.

The Georgette L. Felder-Spain Award

(charter member of Xi Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated – Morris College). To be given to a member of Xi Rho Chapter majoring in Education with the highest GPA. Given by children, Christopher & Alexyus Spain; parents, Lucius & Gloria R. Felder; sister, Altoya Felder-Deas (Jimmie), and Nephews’, Jimal and Antoine.

The Bertha Wright Elmore Annual Award

Awarded to a South Carolina student in need of financial assistance and majoring in Education.

The Eva McLendon-Johnson Award

Awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice, maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or above and possessed of strong moral character and a sincere interest in the criminal justice system. Donated by Dr. Renee DuJean.

The Mordecai Johnson Award

Presented to a deserving rising junior Political Science major with a Pre-Law Minor who has a 2.7 or above grade point average.

The Bertha Belle Williams Award

Awarded to a deserving student with financial need.

The Rev. J. R. Blanding Award

Awarded to a deserving student from Lee or Clarendon County.

The Matthew O. Ramsey Endowed Award

Awarded to a deserving student majoring in Education with plans to teach at the elementary or secondary level. Established by Matthette Ramsey Williams, in honor of her father, a Morris College graduate and instructor.

The Rev. Edward H. Thomas Endowed Memorial Award

Awarded to a student very much involved in voter registration and grass-roots politics, who is in good standing with the College. The student must have at least a 2.5. grade point average. Established by the family in recognition of his life of service to God and humanity.

The Bertha Smith Irving Memorial Award

Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. Student must be in Teacher Education and doing his or her Practicum. Awarded by Dr. Nathaniel Irving and family in memory of their mother, Bertha Smith Irving.

The Dr. J. S. Maddox Award

Awarded to a needy and deserving student, majoring in Christian Education or Pastoral Ministry, showing great promise for Christian leadership. Established in honor of Dr. J .S. Maddox by Mrs. Bessie Maddox, family and friends.

The Robert Leroy McLeod Sr. Endowed Award

Awarded to a student with a 3.5 grade point average or above who intends to pursue a career in education or in medicine. The student must exemplify an outstanding level of commitment and willingness to help others and demonstrate it by involvement in community service. Donated by his wife. Wilhelmina Pinckney McLeod and children.

The Covel C. and Mary E. Moore Award

Awarded to a full-time student with financial need.

Alexander and Shatirah Rhodes Memorial Award

Awarded to any descendant of Alexander and Shatirah Rhodes who is a full-time student at Morris College. Student must maintain a minimum “C” average in any area of study. Established by the Alexander and Shatirah Rhodes Family Reunion Committee.

Willie Bogan Zimmerman, Jr. Award

Awarded to a member of Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated who exemplifies high scholastic ability, leadership, strong moral character, and has distinguished himself above others in outreach toward the greater Sumter community as well as making a selfless commitment to making the college experience at Morris College more manageable for peers. Recipient must be a full-time student with a declared concentration, have a 2.7 overall grade point average, and demonstrate sufficient need for financial support. Student must not have any disciplinary or legal actions pending and not be the recipient of the Gamma Iota Scholarship during the same year. Established by Alumni brothers and the family and friends of Willie Bogan Zimmerman, Jr.

The Lester T. Corley Memorial Award

Presented in memory of Lester T. Corley, former Advisor of Xi Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to an upperclass student who exemplifies strong leadership skills, outstanding service to the college and community and sound intellectual ability. The student must have a 2.5 grade point average or above. This scholarship is earmarked for books and supplies. Donated by Mrs. Myrna Juanita Corley and son Todd.

The Dorothy Duckette Robertson Award

Presented to a deserving student majoring in Elementary Education with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.

The Westcott A. Johnson Award

Presented to a worthy student who has a good academic record and who exhibits outstanding commitment to and support of Morris College. Preference given to a student from Georgetown or Florence County. Established by Dr. Johnson’s sister, Mrs. Ruth Johnson Hawkins.

The George and Mollie J. Washington Award

Presented to the most outstanding student in secondary education. Donated by Rev. George H. Washington.

The Sim and Costella Townsend Memorial Award

Established by the Townsend family of Bamberg and Dillon Counties. The award is presented to a deserving student based on need and academic potential.

The Hilton W. Shirley, Sr. Award

Awarded to a deserving male or female who excels in Computer Science and exemplifies genuine leadership. Awarded by Hilton W. Shirley, Sr.

The Laura Teal McCleese Lawrence and Laura M. Trusedell Award

Awarded to a deserving rising senior from Trinity Baptist Church of Florence, or from the city or county of Florence, South Carolina, who exhibits scholarship, leadership, service, and character and is majoring in Elementary Education. Grade point average must be 2.8 or above. Donated by Mrs. Pearl L. McCleese.

The Anderson Honors Program Award

Presented to a member of RARE with financial need for educational expenses. Donated by Dr. Jeanne M. McNett and family.

The Dan Robert Bodison, Sr. Memorial Award

Awarded to a rising junior or rising senior with a declared interest in English or related area. C. V. Owens Award. Presented to the student with the highest average in Religion and who has good leadership abilities.

The Rev. B. D. Snoddy Endowed Award

Awarded to an active member of a Baptist church. The student must have at least a 2.4 or better grade point average and be a licensed minister of the Gospel by a missionary Baptist church. The student must reflect a sincere and committed relationship with Jesus Christ. Special consideration may be given to a lay student who is majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education. Donated by the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education.

The E. J. Lewis Award

Awarded to a student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who is pursuing a degree in divinity or education and is an active participant in campus organizations and/or ministries which support the Sumter community.

The Mary A. Vereen-Gordon Memorial Award

Awarded to assist students, based on financial need, in their pursuit of academic studies at Morris College. Established by the colleagues, friends, admirers, and family of Dr. Mary A. Vereen-Gordon, former Academic Dean and an outstanding faculty member.

The W. M. Blount Endowed Award

Awarded to a worthy and deserving student majoring In Christian Education, Pastoral Ministry, or Teacher Education. Established by the family of Dr. W. M. Blount.

The Oscar L. Prince Memorial Award

Awarded to a rising sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Education and possessing a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Established and endowed by family and friends.

The William B. James Memorial Endowed Award

Awarded to an outstanding student majoring in Political Science with an interest in pursuing a law degree. The student must be a junior or rising senior and must have a GPA of 3.0 and be active in community service on behalf of disadvantaged groups. Established by the Sumter County Public Awareness Association, Incorporated.