Northwestern State University has announced the largest individual one-time gift to the NSU Foundation in its history — $600,000 by David D. Morgan, an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
The gift by Morgan and his wife Sherry will support 10 first-generation endowed scholarships, each with a $100,000 endowment. The Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund provided $400,000 in matching dollars to raise the total contribution to $1 million to assist students that are the first in their families to attend college. The scholarships will be available to members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority at NSU.
Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation and assistant vice president of external affairs, says this gift will create a lasting legacy that provides financial stability for the institution and perpetually aid those in need.
“Gifts of this magnitude demonstrate the connection our alumni have with NSU and their willingness to give back to ensure that future generations can share in that experience,” Owens said.
“My time at NSU set me on a course that changed my life forever, and Sherry and I are now in a position to help today’s students get the same support that was so critical for us,” said Morgan, who founded the insurance agency United Teacher Associates, Inc., and co-founded the Association Member Benefits Advisors.
“Without scholarship money and the leadership and people skills I acquired at NSU, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did,” Morgan said. “Now we want to help as many students as possible by providing opportunities for outstanding educational experiences at NSU. Sherry and I attribute much of our success to our years at NSU and hope that other alumni and supporters will join us in creating opportunities for future generations of students in a time when private dollars mean more than ever.”
In 2008, Morgan also created the David D. Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholars Program, which recognizes Pi Kappa Phi students at Northwestern State who not only apply themselves in the classroom but also in life by going the “extra mile” in all they do. Over $50,000 has been given in grants to more than 50 students.