Morris scholarship awarded

Published 6:38 pm Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Suffolk Foundation recently announced the creation of a charitable fund to support the continuance of The Lewis F. Morris Memorial Scholarship, and the awarding of this year’s scholarship to Carlisha M. Bivins, a senior at King’s Fork High School.

The scholarship was established 1993 by former students and friends of Chuckatuck High School, where Lewis Morris was a teacher, coach and principal from 1952 to 1965. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and came from a family of educators. He led by example and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a fierce competitor who taught his athletes and other students the highest principles of sportsmanship and fairness. His leadership, friendship, inspiration, dedication and philosophy that education and discipline will mold the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow was his students’ incentive to learn.

Bivins

Bivins

Carlisha Bivins, the 21st Lewis F. Morris Memorial Scholarship recipient, received an advanced studies diploma and is named as an honor graduate who ranked in the top 5 percent of her class. As a flight sergeant for Air Force JROTC, she earned the Superior Performance Award and later, as flight commander, earned the Outstanding Achievement Award and Certificate of Training. Her academic recognitions include the receiving of academic awards at King’s Fork for the last three years, and she was an early inductee into the King’s Fork chapter of the National Honor Society. She has volunteered for UNICEF, Lake Prince Woods, AARP and various other groups. She designed more than 100 patriot-themed cards for DOROT 9/11 (Day of Service Handmade Commemorative Card Project). The Lewis F. Morris Memorial Scholarship Committee and the Suffolk Foundation Distribution Committee made the selection.

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This year’s scholarship value will be $500, and the foundation hopes to increase the value in future years until it reaches $1,000. Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may send donations to the Suffolk Foundation, attention Mr. William Hill, 106 W. Finney Ave., Suffolk, VA 23434.