Kyle Duhon, a sophomore biology major, and Kyle Domangue, a sophomore psychology major, were named the Spring 2009 recipients of the Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ scholarship. The pair were selected for their commitment to excellence in academics, leadership, service, and employment.
Over $2,000 in scholarships were awarded at the banquet, held at Merci Beaucoup Restaurant in Natchitoches.
Alumnus David Morgan established the scholarship to recognize undergraduate members for going the extra mile during college. He attributes much of his personal success to involvement with the Fraternity and other organizations while attending Northwestern State University. “At one point you got into Pi Kappa Phi. Now let Pi Kapp get into you,” he said. Morgan hopes the scholarship will encourage members to aim for greatness within the chapter.
Duhon and Domangue were selected for their involvement in the chapter and on campus as well as their achievements academically. “Aside from learning to be a leader, I have also learned and found something that could not be done anywhere else. I have learned what a true friend, a brother, will do for his fellow brother.” Duhon stated.
Northwestern State head football coach Bradley Dale Peveto delivered the keynote address. He talked about how a successful group, whether a football team or a fraternity, is successful when it capitalizes on it’s “blue-collar members.” It doesn’t take a single standout, but a group of people who work hard. “This group’s got it,” he said. He also spoke of the qualities that define success.
Members of the Beta Omicron Chapter also recognized David Morgan for his support and guidance of the chapter since its rechartering in 2000 and presented him with a special gift. Beta Omicron Historian Shayne Creppel spoke about the chapter’s appreciation for his establishing the Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship and for challenging the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi to put forth the effort it takes to become successful in life after their time at Northwestern.
Dozens of chapter alumni, active brothers, and representatives from Northwestern State University were in attendance for the dinner. Special guests included: Robert Crew, alumnus and Executive Assistant to the President; Dr. Chris Maggio, NSU Dean of Students; Mr. Greg Burke, NSU Athletic Director; Dr. Bill Morrison, alumnus; Mr. Shawn Daily, alumnus, and Chapter Financial Advisor; Dr. Michael Land, alumnus, Chapter Academic Coach and NSU Associate Professor; Mr. Dion Boyett, alumnus, and Director of the NSU Small Business Development Center; and Doug Ireland, alumnus, Beta Omicron Chapter Advisor and NSU Sports Information Director.
The scholarship will be awarded every semester.