Pi Kappa Phi’s Beta Omicron Chapter and Sigma Sigma Sigma’s Alpha Zeta Chapter recognized 14 exceptional student members at the David D. Morgan and Sherry F. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship Banquet on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Held at the newly-opened Chateau Saint Denis Hotel in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana, more than 180 student members from both chapters as well as alumni, guests, and Northwestern State University staff members came together recognize students who are committed to going the “Extra Mile” to achieve success.
Established in 2008, the David D. Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarship Program is funded by David D. Morgan, a 1973 graduate of Northwestern State University and alumnus of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Consideration is given to those who distinguish themselves in academic success, chapter leadership, campus involvement, and part-time employment. The ‘Extra Mile’ rewards outstanding Pi Kappa Phi’s who understand that their attitude towards any situation in life shapes their attitude for success.
After nearly a decade of recognizing Pi Kappa Phi students, David and his wife Sherry created the Sherry Fargerson Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ scholarship in 2017 for Tri Sigma members using a similar model and the decision was made to begin holding a joint scholarship banquet for the two organizations. The Sherry Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarship Program seeks to recognize academic performance while encouraging active and sustained engagement in Northwestern State University, the Natchitoches community, and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. The scholarship is presented to collegiate members who best exemplify the ideals of scholarship, service to others, and character.
Six Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members received $5,000 grants at this year’s banquet.
Recipient Michael Dailey, of West Monroe, is a junior Music Business major with a 3.35 GPA. He has been a section leader in the Spirit of Northwestern Band and this year is principal trombone. He also works at Brookshire’s Grocery. He is considering a career in business or pursuing a master’s degree in music performance. Michael has served as Beta Omicron’s Historian and Chaplain, and is currently the Philanthropy Chair. Recently he organized a successful fundraiser for The Ability Experience. He was selected for Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders and Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers. In the summer of 2015 rode across the country in Pi Kappa Phi’s Journey of Hope cycling experience that raises money and awareness for The Ability Experience. In his application he wrote, “Success is a personal standard and the way to achieve that is to set goals that will challenge us to grow. We don’t learn without failure, and trying again. Reading from the White Diamond, at the end of the day, success is being able to look at the man in the glass and being able to say you did a good job.” The Journey of Hope had a huge impact on Michael. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about that trip or someone from that experience. It changed my life and introduced me to a new way of thinking.”
Recipient Noah Baudoin, of Shreveport, is a sophomore biology major with a 3.51 GPA. He plans to attend graduate school and become a physician’s assistant. Noah was Beta Omicron’s Vice Archon last year, and served as acting Archon for two months at the start of the fall semester. He is currently serving as Secretary. Noah was recently named General Manager of KNWD, the student-run radio station on campus. He has served on the Student Activities Board and he is involved with the NASA/JOVE Scholarship Research Lab. In his application he wrote, “Anyone and everyone can become successful, but you do not climb the ladder with hands in your pockets.” About Noah, a brother wrote, “Time and again, he does everything he can to better himself and the people around him. Everyone has a bad day, but even on bad days, I always see Noah working hard.”
Recipient Thomas Marlbrough, of Mandeville, is a junior history major with a 3.58 GPA. He plans to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army, serving active duty in military intelligence or air defense artillery. He hopes to later serve with the State Department or CIA. Thomas is in his third semester as Beta Omicron’s Archon, having previously served as Secretary. On campus, he has been the Interfraternity Council President and Vice President of Judicial Activities, and a Freshman Connector. Thomas was the campus ‘Greek Man of the Year’ in 2016. He was selected for Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders and Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers. Last summer, Thomas went on the Journey of Hope. In his application he wrote, “People would tell us how we were changing the world for the better, but I feel like those people shaped my life in ways that are immeasurable. I want to give back to Pi Kappa Phi so other brothers have the experience I did.”
Recipient Jacob Guidry, of Jennings, is a freshman criminal justice major with a 3.55 GPA. In his application he wrote, “I make it a point to give 110% in everything I do. My father always told me there are endless opportunities out there and the only way to utilize them is if you take a chance, and give it your all, nothing less.” On his high school’s baseball team, Jacob was beat out for the second base job, but put in an extra 30 minutes daily and three weeks later, won the job. He’s a black belt in Karate who has competed all over the country. After graduating, Jacob wants to open No Boundaries Karate Academy. Jacob was president of his Beta Omicron’ Associate class last Fall, and encouraged three of his fellow associates to run for Executive Council. They won and are among our chapter leaders. He is on the host committee for the local Special Olympics set April 28. A brother wrote about him, “Jacob was not performing up to his capability academically while he was in the middle of his associate process. By the end of the semester, he raised his GPA by a point to 3.7. He exemplified the extra mile ideal by focusing on what truly mattered, his education.” Another brother wrote, “He is a kind-hearted person with a huge future ahead and it all comes from his work ethic. I cannot think of a better candidate for this scholarship.”
Recipient Dedrick Lewis, of Gonzales, is a junior business administration major with a 2.90 GPA. He wants to follow in the path of another former Morgan Extra Mile winner from Beta Omicron, Zach Cockerham, and become a Pi Kappa Phi Leadership Consultant. Lewis hopes to pursue a career as a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments. He has been Beta Omicron’s recruitment chair, social chair, and is currently serving as Warden and Scholarship Chair. Dedrick has helped lead the chapter to achieving among the highest of the fraternities. He was selected for Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders and Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers. Dedrick has been part of the Presidential Leadership Program, has been treasurer of the men’s lacrosse club, and is serving as Interfraternity Council vice president of programming. He also works in the Student Affairs office. In his application he wrote, “Success isn’t determined by trophies. Success is determined about how you view yourself after your efforts.” A brother wrote – “He is involved in numerous organizations and is not afraid to get out of his comfort zone. He constantly encourages me to go that extra mile and get as involved as I can, because to be a leader, one must put in the work.”
Recipient David Johnson, of Denham Springs, is a junior with a 3.42 GPA, and is about to change his major to elementary education. David has been extremely active in our chapter. He has been Intramural chairman, Treasurer, Warden, Scholarship Chairman, New Member Educator, and currently serves as Chaplain. He was selected for Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders and Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers. On campus, he has been a member of the nationally-competitive NSU Rowing Team, he was an N-Sider, and he is on the Student Activities Board. David plans to use all of this grant money toward his fundraising efforts for The Ability Experience’s Gear Up Florida, a cycling trek that benefits people with disabilities.
Sigma Sigma Sigma recognized the following recipients of their Spring 2017 scholarship: Hunter Martin, Kenedy Lampert, Rebekah Aultman, Kaycee Collinsworth, Madison Milligan, Mallory McConathy, Myranda Degraw, and Abby Hinds.
The ‘Extra Mile’ scholarships are awarded each semester. The names of Pi Kappa Phi recipients are featured on a plaque displayed at the Beta Omicron chapter house. Since 2008, nearly $50,000 has been distributed to deserving brothers of Beta Omicron Chapter thanks to Brother Morgan.