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Morgan awards first scholarship in her name

June 03, 2010

Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan presented the first scholarship in her name to Williamsport High School valedictorian Chelsey L. Baturin during Thursday night's graduation ceremony at Hagerstown Community College.

The "Dr. Elizabeth Molina Morgan National Superintendent of the Year Scholarship" will be awarded to a Washington County Public Schools female graduate with high academic promise that can demonstrate financial need, school system spokesman Will Kauffman said in a press release.

The student will have plans to attend a four-year college, and the recipient will be chosen by a scholarship committee that will include members of the WCPS Education Foundation and a representative from Morgan's family.

Morgan said before the ceremony that she had been thinking about establishing the scholarship for some time.

"I want to give back to the community. This community has been so good to me," Morgan said.

Morgan was named the 2010 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators earlier this year.

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This scholarship marks the first time any National Superintendent of the Year winner has created a legacy scholarship of this type, Kauffman said.

In order to maximize the award, Morgan pledged a personal contribution of $10,000 to match American Association of School Administrators, ARAMARK Education and ING's donation through the National Superintendent of the Year program. The WCPS Education Foundation is raising an additional $20,000 in the community to increase the total endowment to yield a $2,000 annual award in perpetuity.

Past National Superintendent of the Year winners have given a lump sum of $10,000 to the school of their choice, which had typically been their alma mater.

Morgan chose to work with sponsors AASA, ARAMARK Education, ING, the WCPS Education Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Washington County to create the scholarship fund that will benefit WCPS families, Kauffman said.

Anyone wishing to donate can make checks payable to either foundation, and contributions will be restricted to the scholarship fund.

"This is something I've always planned to do, because I was once the beneficiary of scholarships and fellowships and I recognize the impact these scholarships can have on a student," Morgan said in the press release. "Turning the National Superintendent award into a benefit for a WCPS graduate with high academic promise is very fulfilling as an educator and member of this community."

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