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Patrick J. Morgan and Kathleen Ezzo Morgan Endowed Scholarship

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About the Morgans

This endowed scholarship honors the 40-year teaching career of Kathleen Ezzo Morgan that began in 1970. Kathee grew up and attended several schools in the downriver communities of southeastern Michigan. She started at Michigan State University in 1966 and received her B.A. from the College of Education in 1970 with a dual major in Spanish. Kathee met her husband Patrick J. Morgan, soon after her arrival on campus in 1966. They have been together ever since, marrying in 1969. Pat received his B.A. from the College of Business at Michigan State University in 1969 and entered military service. Pat was stationed in San Antonio, Texas where Kathee began her teaching career in the Edgewood Independent School District as an Elementary bilingual teacher. Kathee became a staff development specialist in the bilingual program and co-authored several Spanish reading textbooks. They returned to Michigan in 1973 where Pat received his MBA from Eastern Michigan University in 1975. Pat and Kathee felt drawn back to the culture of San Antonio. Kathee had a love for education and the Spanish language and felt that this was indeed the place to allow her the opportunity to grow in both areas. Pat had a successful banking career as a senior leader with a large commercial bank in Texas and now owns a regional distribution business with locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Kathee received her M. Ed. in Reading from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1975 and became an Elementary Reading Specialist in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas where she taught until she retired in 2011. At her retirement, she was the longest tenured Reading Specialist in the Northside Independent School District. Today, Kathee continues her association with education by volunteering in reading labs, guided reading rooms, and assisting teachers in the evaluation of the reading abilities of their students. Kathee has a profound love of teaching and the utmost respect for those individuals who dedicate their lives to the betterment of children through education. Both Pat and Kathee have a deep desire to give back to Michigan State University because they received a quality education that provided them with a wonderful life, and more importantly, it was where they had that "chance meeting" at the grill in Snyder-Phillips Hall.

Criteria

Recipients shall be undergraduate and/or post-BA (internship year) admitted to the College of Education, pursuing a teacher certification. First preference will be for students from Wyandotte, Michigan. If no such student is available, a second preference would be for students from any of the other seventeen suburban cities and townships in Wayne County, Michigan south of Detroit, Michigan collectively known as the Downriver Communities ("Downriver Communities"). The following suburbs and/or townships are included in the considered part of the Downriver Communities: Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Charter Township, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven, and Wyandotte, Michigan.