Scholarships

NOTE: All scholarship recipients MUST be enrolled as a full-time student for the period in which the scholarship will be issued unless otherwise specified. Scholarships are issued during the ensuing year.

The Luns C. Richardson Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to exceptional high school graduates with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0. Scholarships of $4,500 annually are renewable for up to four years. The Morris College Presidential Scholarship Program was established by the College to recognize and recruit high school seniors who have above average academic records.

The Presidential Scholars Program

The Presidential Scholars Program was established by the College to recognize and recruit high school seniors who have above-average academic records. Award recipients must rank in the upper one-fourth of their graduating class must have been admitted to Morris College and must have submitted a completed application for the scholarship by the prescribed date.

The Presidential scholar's donors: The Ruth Mack Memorial Fund, The Heritage Classic Foundation Scholarship, SAFE Federal Credit Union, The Rotary Club of Sumter, S.C., Foundation of Independent Colleges, SCANA Corporation (SCE&G), D.L. Scurry Foundation, Danka Industries, GSX Chemical Services, Inc., Riley & Company, The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Wachovia Foundation, C.H. Hallman, and the College.

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Education who has passed the Praxis I Examination, has a grade point average of at least 2.5 or better, and shows leadership qualities.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to four students (rising sophomores, juniors or seniors) with a grade point average of 2.5 or above, majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education. Donated by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

The Victoria Wine Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving rising junior Education major who maintains a minimum 2.0-grade point average. Donated from the Victoria Wine Estate Funds.

The James B. and Carrie Dennis Haile Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the field of Teacher Education.

The Vashti Jackson Smith Scholarship

Awarded to two needy first-time freshmen (1 male and 1 female) with outstanding high school academic achievement and good citizenship. Donated by the Vashti Jackson Smith Estate.

The Wachovia Endowed Scholarship

Presented to a rising junior or senior majoring in Business Administration. Donated by the Wachovia Foundation.

Morris College Trustee Scholarship

Awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates financial need, who is an outstanding student, and who has excelled in his or her major area of study. Financial need is strongly emphasized. A senior whose overall financial aid package leaves him or her with a balance and who needs financial assistance to help cover the shortfall will be considered. The student must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average and demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding leadership and citizenship. If no one meets the criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a junior. Sponsored by the Morris College Board of Trustees.

The Reverend Arthur Walter Williams Scholarship

Awarded to the three rising sophomores with the highest grade point averages.

The Lottie and Wheler Matthews Scholarship

Presented to a conscientious student majoring in Education with a grade point average of 2.5 or above and in need of financial aid. Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Lottie and Wheler Matthews.

The Sarah M. Williams Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student who maintains high scholarship and provides student leadership through his or her participation in co-curricular activities. Donated in memory of Mrs. Sarah M. Williams.

The Reverend W. A. Johnson, Sr. and Mrs. Annie M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Presented to an outstanding student in Religion. Donated by Mrs. W. J. Moore.

The Westcott A. Johnson Scholarship. 

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

The Geneva and Everett J. Thompson Scholarship

Awarded to a rising sophomore student with the highest average in Elementary Education. Donated by the Thompson Family.

The Thomas Moss Americanism Scholarship

Established by the former U. S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Advisor to John P. Gaty Charitable Trust. Awarded annually to needy and worthy students based on a paper on Americanism, the specific topic of which is announced prior to January.

The David McLaughlin Scholarship

Awarded in memory of Dr. David McLaughlin to a deserving student of good moral character majoring in one of the sciences and maintaining a grade point average of “B” or above. Donated by Mrs. Iris McLaughlin.

The Morris College National Alumni Scholarship

Awarded to three advanced students in Teacher Education and two students in any other major who meet the following criteria: Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, evidence of good character and teaching promise, leadership qualities, and a need for financial assistance to achieve educational goals. Sponsored by the Morris College National Alumni Association.

The Bernice Wells Stukes-Mose Scholarship

Presented in memory of James W. Stukes to the student who has high scholarship and is outstanding in leadership skills and in service to the college and the local community. Donated by Dr. Bernice Mose.

The W. E. Price and Ada Lee Price Memorial Scholarship

The fund awards annually a scholarship to a deserving female and a deserving male student. In selecting the deserving recipients, emphasis shall be placed on character as well as scholastic ability. Financial need may also be considered.

The George and Mollie J. Washington Scholarship

Presented to the most outstanding student in Secondary Education. Donated by Rev. George H. Washington.

The Sumter Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Awarded to the member of Xi Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the highest grade point average. Funds are to be used for the purchase of instructional materials.

The Sim and Costella Townsend Memorial Scholarship.

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 William M. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Established by Dr. C. C. Goodwin, Jr. of Sumter, this award is presented to a deserving student who exemplifies strong academic potential, leadership skills, and a good citizenship record.

The Booker Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a student who possesses high Christian ideals and demonstrates a keen interest in Physics or Chemistry. Endowed by the Estate of Mrs. R. C. Booker.

The Gamma Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship

Awarded to the member of Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with the highest grade point average.

The Luns C. Richardson Pee Dee Area Scholarship

Awarded to a worthy student who demonstrates exceptional citizenship, school spirit and academic excellence. A student must be of good reputation, have financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Preference will be given to a student from the Pee Dee area. Sponsored by the Pee Dee area alumni, businesses, individual churches and friends in recognition of President Richardson’s dedicated leadership.

The Hilton W. Shirley, Sr. Scholarship

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

The James Samuels, Jr., Memorial Music Scholarship

To a rising junior or senior music (Concert Choir, voice, or piano) student who demonstrates leadership ability. The recipient must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and must be recommended by the music faculty. Donated by the Sumter Music Guild, Inc. and friends.

The Pinkie Reid Scholarship

Awarded to a junior of good moral character majoring in Mass Communications, maintaining 2.5 or above grade point average and possessed of sincere interest and demonstrated talent in broadcast media. Donated by Ebenezer Baptist Church of Chicago.

The Arthuree McCoy Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a junior of good moral character majoring in Mass Communications or English who writes the most outstanding article published in The Heritage or other publications. Donated by Dr. Raleigh McCoy.

The Eta Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Awarded to a member of Nu Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who exemplifies high scholastic ability, leadership, strong moral character and has earned the highest grade point average in the chapter. Donated by the Eta Zeta Omega Chapter, Sumter, S.C.

The Pi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Presented to the young lady in the freshman class who demonstrates high scholastic achievement and displays the qualities for finer womanhood, as determined by the chapter members. She must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above.

The Dr. W. H. Neal Scholarship

Presented to the junior student with the highest average in Mathematics for three consecutive years. Donated by Mrs. Audrey P. Neal.

The Frank K. Sims Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Sociology who exemplifies scholarship, leadership, and strong moral character.

The John and Beatrice Chapman Thomas Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Mathematics or Science.

The J. S. Utsey Scholarship

Presented to a rising junior or senior Business Administration student with a grade point average of 2.7 or above.

The Mamie N. Coker Scholarship

Awarded to the junior with the highest average in Early Childhood Education. Established by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.

The Laura Teal McCleese Lawrence and Laura M. Trusedell Scholarship

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 Janie S. Hightower Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a student majoring in Education who maintains a 2.5-grade point average or above and is in need of financial assistance. Donated by Mr. Willar H. Hightower, Jr.

The Rosa S. Riley Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior Education major with a 3.0-grade point average or above who plans to teach in South Carolina. Donated by Mr. Charles E. Riley and Mrs. Jacqueline M. Williams.

The L. W. Williams Endowed Ministerial Scholarship

Presented to a rising junior or senior with a 2.5-grade point average. The recipient must be either a licensed or an ordained minister of any Christian Denomination who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry. Donated by the children and other family members of Dr. L. W. Williams.

The Dr. Marion Woodard Wright McLester Endowed Scholarship

An annual award presented to the Education major who performs the greatest amount of college and community service as identified by the Education Division Chair.

Dr. L. W. Long Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a rising non-traditional junior or senior with the highest grade point average.

The Pauline Winston Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding student in the Cooperative Education Program.

The Anderson Honors Program Scholarship

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

The Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Scholarship

Presented to the rising senior majoring in Business Administration with the highest grade point average. Donated by Creech Roddey Watson Insurance.

The Dr. Adelle W. Stewart Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student with financial need.

The Xi Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Scholarship

Awarded to the female freshman student with the highest grade point average.

The Dill and Azalee Bates Gamble Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Elementary Education with a B or better average.

The Dan Robert Bodison, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a rising junior or rising senior with a declared interest in English or related area.

The Mamie James Hannah and Candace James Richardson Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student with financial need. Donated by Mr. Jerry Hannah.

C. V. Owens Scholarship

Presented to the student with the highest average in Religion and who has good leadership abilities.

Samuel & Florence Darby/Reverend Thomas Dawkins Scholarship

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

The Rev. B. D. Snoddy Endowed Scholarship

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 Robert Gregory White Memorial Scholarship

Awarded annually to assist, encourage, and support a deserving male. A student must be a freshman with a grade point average no less than 2.0 and no higher than 2.5 who exhibits a commitment toward getting an education and reaching his potential. Established by Mr. Robert and Mrs. Priscilla White to reflect the memory of Robert Gregory White, their son, affectionately known as Ohio.

The J. Edward Lewis Scholarship

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 Jessie W. Taylor Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in English or Mass Communications or who writes inspirational literature.

The W. M. Blount Endowed Scholarship

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 B. J. Whipper, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to an incoming freshman for college-related expenses. The student must have at least a 2.5-grade point average and exemplify Christian character and possess a proven record of leadership and service. Priority will be given to students who will major in Christian Education or Pastoral Ministry. Established by Dr. Lucille S. Whipper.

The Rev. J. C. Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore student who has a 3.00-grade point average majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education. Preference is given to a student who is a member of a church in the Lovely Hill Baptist Association. Established by his wife, Ruth B. Harrison, and Family.

The Emmett and Crenelle Conyers Scholarship

Awarded each year to a graduating senior with a 3.5 average or above, with a notable record of service to the college and a commitment to improving human relations and the quality of life for fellow human beings. Established by Dr. James E. Conyers and other children of Emmett and Crenelle.

The Oscar L. Prince Memorial Scholarship

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 Leler Scarbough George Scholarship Award

Awarded to a rising senior in pursuit of a degree in Teacher Education with a grade point average of 3.00 or above. Established by the Leler Scarbough George Family.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Luns C. Richardson Endowed Scholarship

Awarded preferably to a graduating senior based on financial need. Financial need is strongly emphasized, and a senior whose overall financial aid package leaves him or her with a balance and who needs financial assistance to help cover the shortfall will be considered. The student must have a 3.0-grade average; demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, leadership in extracurricular activities, and community involvement; and show great promise for leadership after graduation. If no senior meets the criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a junior. Established by the national office of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in honor of Dr. Richardson’s commitment and service to higher education.

The Almetta Dizzley Clyburn Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student participating in the college’s Teacher Education Program. A student must be intensely pursuing the “academic and professional development” necessary to become a competent and effective teacher and must have passed Praxis One. Established by United States Representative James E. Clyburn, 6th Congressional District, to perpetuate the memory of his mother, an alumna of the college.

The Enos Lloyd Clyburn Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a worthy and deserving student majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education.  A student must be a junior or senior with a grade point average of 2.5 or above and must demonstrate a strong and continuing dedication to theological training and preparation.  Established by United States Representative James E. Clyburn, 6th Congressional District, to perpetuate the memory of his father, an alumnus of the college, and his life of service to God and man.

The Otis Scott, Sr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the neediest student majoring in Teacher Education.  The student must participate in the college’s Teacher Education Program and show evidence of outstanding performance, demonstrate leadership ability and good character, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.  Established by Mrs. Wilhelmenia Dennis Scott and children in memory of Dr. Otis Scott, Sr., a skillful educator, dedicated pastor, and dynamic preacher.

The William B. James Memorial Endowed Scholarship  

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.

The Paralee Garrick Dupree Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education with a 2.5 average on a 4.0 scale and who is active in the religious life of the campus.  The student must be recommended by the Chairperson of the Division of Religion, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  Established and endowed in 2004 by family and friends.

The Walker E. Solomon Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is limited to a sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in Teacher Education, with a desire to teach in the public school system.  A student must have passed Praxis I and maintain at least a 2.5-grade point average.  Established by the Palmetto Education Association and the Walker W. Solomon Scholarship Fund, Incorporated.

Frazier Family Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to a minimum of two students who are freshmen from the Charleston Tri-County area.  Students must demonstrate a financial need.  Established by the Frazier Family Foundation.

Arthur & Iris McLaughlin (AIM) Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a student specializing in education, music or another social science or humanities discipline.  A student must demonstrate a financial need and maintain a grade point average of B+ or above.  Established by Arthuree McLaughlin Wright to memorialize her parents, Arthur Spigel and Iris Ladson McLaughlin, who were proud and loyal alumni.

Gwendolyn E. Anderson Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in Teacher Education.  A student must have passed Praxis I, maintain at least a 2.5-grade point average and agree to teach elementary education in South Carolina for at least one year.  Established by the estate of Gwendolyn E. Anderson.

Callie Clark Seales Scholarship

Awarded to a student who demonstrates a financial need.  A student must be a member of First Baptist Missionary Church of Sumter, South Carolina for at least two years and involved in various activities.  A student must be involved in community service.  Established by Vivian L. Smith in memory of her mother, Callie Clark Seales, who was an active member of First Baptist Missionary Church.

The Louis Fleming Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the first generation, a non-traditional male student who is head of household with child(ren), who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in education by maintaining a 3.0 GPA.  The scholarship is renewable for up to three years.  Established by the family.

The Holland Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a deserving student in need of financial assistance and who exemplifies strong academic potential. A student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior; have a 2.0 – 2-5 grade point average; and have a good citizenship record.  Established in memory of Mr. Morsby Holland by his wife, Mrs. Willie Mae Holland; children: Jeffery B. Holland and Sandra M. Proctor, and granddaughter Kayla Proctor.

The Dr. Lewis P. Graham, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

 Awarded to a needy and deserving student, majoring in Christian Education or Pastoral Ministry, who shows great promise for Christian leadership.  A student must maintain a 2.5-grade point average.  Established in honor of Dr. Lewis P. Graham, Sr. by the Graham family, friends, and the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.

The Reverend Frank E. Williams, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

To be awarded preferably to a full-time student majoring in English, or majoring in English/Secondary Education who wishes to teach English.  The student must have a 3.0-grade point average or above and be in need of financial assistance.  The scholarship is to be awarded once every academic year.  Established by wife, Mrs. Magnolia R. Williams, and children in honor of the Reverend Frank E. Williams, Sr.

The Augustus T. and Eunice S. Stephens Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a student above the freshman level. The student must be in good standing at Morris College with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3..0.  Donated by Lemeul C. Stephens for the Eunice S. Stephens Estate.

Ben E. and Margaret Mayfield Griffith Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a worthy and deserving student majoring in and preparing to teach English.  The student must be a rising senior and maintain the highest average.  Established by Ben E. and wife, Deloris Griffith, in honor of his parents.

The Patricia E. Hightower Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student in need of financial assistance.  The student must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.  The student must submit a one-page essay on goals and aspirations to the donor who will select the recipient.  The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 to $1,500 annually.  Established in memory of Mrs. Patricia E. Hightower by her family.

The J. V. Wilson Morris College Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a rising junior or senior student majoring in Business Administration and demonstrates financial need.  Established by Alumnus James V. Wilson, a Sumter businessman, and entrepreneur.