Transitioning to college can be challenging, especially as a first-generation college student. The abundance of academic and social opportunities designed to foster academic excellence, personal growth, career preparation, and a sense of community can be overwhelming, especially for students hoping to be the first in their families to attend college. With more than 30% of its student body made of up first-generation students, Northwestern State University is particularly aware of these added hurdles. The David and Sherry Morgan First Generation Scholarship Program at Northwestern State University was established to support members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority in their academic journey and maximize their college experience through involvement in Greek life.
NSU alumni David and Sherry Fargerson Morgan, with matching dollars from the Board of Regents Support Fund and the State of Louisiana, have generously created a one million dollar endowment at Northwestern State University. The David and Sherry Morgan First Generation Scholarship will be presented annually to multiple extraordinary recipients who are first in their immediate family to pursue a college degree.
Initiated and actively participating members in good standing of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity who meet the Louisiana Board of Regents criteria for first-generation college students are eligible for the award. Applicants must be a full-time student, a Louisiana resident, and neither parent/legal guardian(s) have earned a college degree. Clinical students may also be eligible for The David and Sherry Morgan First Generation Scholarship provided they are active members of the chapter at the time of application.
Recipients will receive a grant scholarship in varying amounts, with a minimum $500 per semester award.