|The 2011 Edward L. and Rhelda Marbry Morgan, Ph.D. Endowed Book Fund recipients, from left, Kiara Perkins, Charity Anderson, Olaniyi Olayinka, Adam Messer, and founder of the fund, Edward Morgan. Photo by Danielle Lacey|
Four Saint Louis University students have received assistance in purchasing textbooks and supplies for the upcoming year, thanks to a book fund established in honor of a former University doctoral student. Each of this year's award recipients received $725 to help them purchase books for one academic year.
Adam Messer (theological studies), Kiara Perkins (communication sciences and disorders), Olaniyi Olayinka (environmental and occupational health) and Charity Anderson (philosophy) are the recipients of this year's Edward L. and Rhelda Marbry Morgan, Ph.D. Endowed Book Fund. Edward Morgan established the fund in honor of his late wife who, at the time of her death, was preparing to defend her completed dissertation in American studies at Saint Louis University. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1996 posthumously.
The Morgan Book Fund was established in honor of Rhelda Morgan, Ph.D., by her husband and daughter on her birthday, June 10, 1996, two months after her passing. The fund has provided graduate students with book money since 1997. Over the years, the book fund has assisted 29 students with $15,000 toward the purchase of books and supplies.
To be eligible for the award, an applicant must be a full-time Saint Louis University senior or graduate student pursuing a degree in American studies, biological sciences, communication, communication sciences and disorders, community health, education, English, health management and policy, mathematics, philosophy, physiological sciences, psychology, public health studies or theological studies.
To receive the award, students must submit an essay articulating their commitment to Rhelda Morgan's ideals and values, along with a resume reflecting their leadership in promoting diversity and service to school, church and/or community.
Rhelda Morgan taught in the St. Louis public schools for 24 years. She also held an adjunct appointment at Harris-Stowe State College, where she earned her bachelor's degree.
She was a mentor to students studying to become teachers and supervised the classroom experience of trainees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Principia College. A devout Christian, Rhelda Morgan volunteered in her church in many capacities and served as a counselor for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation.
Through the Edward L. and Rhelda Marbry Morgan, Ph.D. Endowed Book Fund at Saint Louis University, Rhelda Morgan's legacy of scholarship, teaching and mentoring lives on. For more information about the book fund, call the Saint Louis University Graduate School at 314-977-2240.