Brennan WellsBrennan Wells, Drake University, Law Student

"The pen is mightier than the sword" -  this maxim was instilled in me as a Political Science student at Prairie View A&M University. While other majors were taught to do, the social scientists were taught to think independently, abundantly and critically. I would go as far as my pen could take me. As one may know, crafting a better way forward for your community and placing your mark on the world is a slow process, just like the writing process. This process is one of delayed gratification. The James B. Morris Scholarship means that, my community is invested in seeing the dividends of my work come to fruition. This scholarship proves, that doing the right things, for the right people, and for the right reasons is righteously rewarded. Ultimately, I now have an additional organization and group of individuals to thank should anyone ask, how did I make it this far. This is what the James B. Morris Scholarship means to me.


2018 James B. Morris Scholarship Recipients

James B. Morris Scholars

Tavien Gardner, Iowa State University
Urbandale High School, Des Moines

Quinton Jenkins, Morehouse College
Carlisle High School, Carlisle

Bailey Irvin, Iowa State University
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

Vijay Kamalumpundi, University of Iowa
Prairie High School, Cedar Rapids

Tessa Mendoza, Iowa State University
Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines

Don C. Nickerson Scholars 

Bevin Holloway, Drake University
Law Student

Brennan Wells, Drake University
Law Student


Brittany Hall Scholars

Nosa (Nawadir) Ali, St. Louis University
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

ShaeLoren Deering, Spelman College
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines


EMC Insurance Companies Scholars

Juan Andrade, Iowa State University
Marshalltown High School

Na Mee, Waterloo West High School

Kennedy Turner, Waukee High School

Jaxsen Shaw-Vannetta, Dubuque Senior High School


Vincent Chapman Scholars

Nicholas Lee, Bethel University
Johnston High School


Wells Fargo Scholars

Jeremiah Chandler, Iowa Central Community College
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines


Catherine Williams Scholars

Mario Jordan, Grinnell College
Valley High School, West Des Moines


 John & Mary Pappajohn Scholars

Samantha Alexander, Bates University
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

Micah Daniel, University of Northern Iowa
Marshalltown High School

James Drummer, Iowa State University

Hannah Lee, University of Iowa
Johnston High School, Des Moines

Isabel Mendoza, Iowa State University
Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines


Full Morris Scholarship Recipient - Quinton JenkinsQuentinJenkins

Quinton is a graduate of Carlisle High School and entering his Sophomore year at Morehouse College majoring in Pre-Med.  Quinton plans to pursue a career as a Surgeon. "I am truly grateful to my family and friends who have provided me with the guidance to reach my full potential. I would like to thank the James B. Morris Scholarship Board for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to reach my dreams."

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