James D. Morrison Scholarship


James D. Morrison taught primarily English at Pleasant Valley High School for twenty years, from 1962-1982.  He was a master teacher who was passionate about the English language, literature, and writing.  What he loved most was unlocking the mysteries of grammar and usage.  He was also adamant about propelling any and everyone toward communicating with all creative ammunition that the English language could provide.  He was open to an encouraging of every step that students took towards deep thought, analysis, and independent thinking.

“Moose,” as students and faculty alike called with affection and humor, bore a confident manner, was a stickler for details, and had a wickedly dry sense of humor.  He loved his wife, Margaret, and his dog, Wrinkles.  He cherished words, humor and using the English language.  And he loved young people – all very different and from varied walks of life – who came through his door at Pleasant Valley High School, completely unaware of a love for life and language that he would spark in them.  And it was with this love that in death in 2000 he has provided a scholarship fund for students who also possess that spark for life, whether brightly burning or as a little aware ember.

 James D. Morrison Scholarship Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a Pleasant Valley High School senior or graduate.
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who plan to major in English or a related course of college study.
  • The one-year scholarship shall be awarded on broad-based criteria, which shall include academic merit and student potential as demonstrated by non-academic indicators.
  • Awarding of the scholarship is not based on the financial need of the applicant.
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