Funded through an endowed gift of $1 million by Morgan, a 1973 Northwestern State University graduate and entrepreneur in the insurance industry, to the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation under the auspices of its Common Loyalty Campaign, this new initiative seeks to encourage, motivate and ultimately recognize students who go the “extra mile” during their undergraduate career by effectively balancing their academic and extra-curricular activities while working either part or full time.
Beginning this fall, over 10,000 Pi Kappa Phi student members on over 180 campuses across the country will have the opportunity to apply for scholarship grants in varying increments. Over $50,000 will be awarded annually to deserving students with grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 depending on the quality of a student’s application.
“We are thrilled to launch this new initiative and we are equally grateful to Brother Morgan not only for his gift, but also for his help in crafting the rubric behind this unique opportunity,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes. “This scholarship award will enable us to shine a spotlight on dozens of talented student members, illuminating the ways in which they bring credit to themselves and to Pi Kappa Phi.”
The Pi Kappa Phi Foundation and Morgan both agree that through hard work and the application of one’s talents, students stand to gain important life lessons in resiliency, industriousness, and entrepreneurial thinking which will serve them through the rest of their life. This was the impetus behind the ‘extra mile’ concept. The David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ National Scholars Program will be available to all student members of the fraternity who are in good standing.
Applications will be made available by mid-September. The inaugural class of recipients will be notified in late fall with presentations to follow in January.
Before its expansion to a nationwide program, the ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship had been offered to Pi Kappa Phi students at Northwestern State University since 2008. In the time since, the program has furthered the academic pursuits of more than 40 students in awards upwards of $30,000.
Morgan was inducted into the Northwestern State Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 1994. In 1995, he created an endowed professorship in the NSU College of Business to further the study of salesmanship and insurance. The David Morgan Auditorium in Russell Hall is named in his honor. Morgan has been a member of the Northwestern President’s Council and the board of directors of the NSU Alumni Association. He is a graduate of Bolton High School in Alexandria.