Northwestern State University students who are members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Beta Omicron Chapter and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority Alpha Zeta Chapter were recognized as recipients of David D. Morgan and Sherry F. Morgan “Extra Mile” and First Generation scholarships during a socially-distanced assembly April 8.
David Morgan, a 1973 NSU graduate and alumnus of NSU’s Beta Omicron Chapter, established the “Extra Mile” Scholarship in 2008 to recognize members of Pi Kappa Phi who distinguish themselves through academic success, chapter leadership, campus involvement and part-time employment. The scholarship has since grown and is awarded at the national level as well as in the local chapter. The Sherry Fargerson Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarship for Sigma Sigma Sigma was announced in 2017 and mirrors the criteria for Pi Kappa Phi by honoring students who are outstanding and high achieving members of the chapter. First Generation Scholarships are students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college.
Qualifying members participate in an application process that is reviewed by chapter alumni before selections are made.
Since 2018, the Morgan First Generation Scholarship has awarded more than $105,000 to NSU students. This year’s recipients are Trace Anthon of Hammond, Tabatha Bowlin of Alexandria, Courtney Chancellor of Gray, Katie Cole of Campti, Sheridan Duet of Thibodaux, Katelynn Edwards of Haughton, Javier Garcia of Bossier City, Jonatan Jimenez of Bossier City, Gabriella Lawrence of Bossier City, Emmette Nobles of Natchitoches, Jacob Norris of Jonesville, Bailee Rattanachai of Haughton, and Katelyn Stevens of Ringgold.
Recipients of the Sherry F. Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship are Hannah Angell of Boerne, Texas; Natalee Cook of Shreveport, Sheridan Duet of Thibodaux, Grace Gosserand of Ventress, Katelyn Kennedy of Baker, McKenzie Knotts of Keithville, Lilly Roach of Bryant, Arkansas, and Lauren Vienne of Natchitoches, LA.
Recipients of David D. Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship are Trace Anthon of Hammond, Andrew Dubriske of Barksdale AFB, Jonathan Gennaro of Kenner, Jonatan Jimenez of Bossier City, Emmett Nobles of Natchitoches, Jacob Norris of Jonesville and Joshua Wiggins of Alexandria.
Keynote speaker was NSU alumna and businesswoman Britney Burton Spivey. Spivey is a 2007 graduate of NSU and owner of Simply Chic Boutique with franchised stores across Louisiana. In addition to numerous recognitions for entrepreneurship, leadership and community service, she is a mother of three and actively involved in service and mentorship in her church, her community and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Sigma Sigma Sigma National President Natalie Averette of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Pi Kappa Phi CEO Mark E. Timmes of Charlotte, North Carolina, sent greetings via video.