Jeremiah ChandlerJeremiah Chandler, Dallas Theological Seminary

Being selected for the James B Morris Scholarship is both an honor and a blessing. One that I do not take for granted. I am extremely grateful for their generosity in helping me further my education and plan to make the most of it.

James B. Morris Scholarship Fund
2021-2022 Scholarship Application
January 7, 2022 – March 4, 2022

The scholarship application will close on March 4, 2022, at 11:59PM CST


The James B. Morris Scholarship Fund (MSF) provides financial assistance, motivation and internship opportunities for minority students pursuing post-secondary and graduate degrees. The MSF provides this assistance to high-achieving minority individuals who demonstrate strong academic performance, community service and a need for financial aid. The MSF provides minority students with an opportunity to learn, grow, and become professionals in their chosen careers while assisting Iowa communities with the retention of a diverse pool of talent.

The MSF facilitates various named scholarships that have specific criteria. Below you will find a description of those named scholarships. Select one named scholarship that you would like to apply for.

[ ] EMC Insurance Companies Scholarship – The scholarships focus on high-achieving minority high school seniors who will be graduating from an Iowa high school. 

[ ] Anne C. Chapman Scholarship – The scholarship is in memorial of Anne M. Chapman, wife of MSF founder, Vincent Chapman, Sr. This scholarship will ideally benefit a minority students in the field of nursing, including public administration.

[ ] Vincent C. Chapman, Sr. Scholarship – The scholarship is a “founder’s scholarship,” and is in memory of MSF founder, Vincent Chapman, Sr. This scholarship is to be given to highly motivated and performing minority students ideally majoring in the areas of business, finance, and/or public policy.

[ ] Brittany Hall Memorial Scholarship – The scholarship is named in memory of Brittany Hall and was created to honor the value that Brittany placed on her college education. This scholarship will ideally benefit a female minority student who is an Iowa resident and attending a college or university in the state of Iowa. Special consideration will be given to applicants that are challenged by learning disabilities or a chronic illness.

[ ] John & Mary Pappajohn Scholarship – The scholarship focuses on high-achieving minority students with a financial need. There are no restrictions on the college major or choice of college.

[ ] Catherine G. Williams – The scholarship gives priority to high-achieving minority college students majoring in Fine Arts.



Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be of minority ethnic status as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission† and have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a valid social security number in addition to being: (1) Iowa high school graduate or (2) a May 2021 graduate and an Iowa resident who is or will be attending any U.S. college or university; or (3) Non-Iowa residents who are attending Iowa colleges or universities.

To be considered, applicants must identify their race according to the original EEOC definition of ethnic minority status. For more information, you may visit: https://www.eeoc.gov

Criteria for completing the 2021-2022 applications:
1. Official high school transcripts (graduating high school seniors ONLY)
2. Official college transcripts (most recent semester only)
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one must be from an instructor)
4. Submit an essay (minimum 250, maximum 500 words) answering the following: Tell us about a time where you stepped up as a leader.
5. Completed application form
6. Recent photograph (head & shoulders only) - Required for press release. No “SELFIE” photos.


* Official PDF Transcript request: We request that you DO NOT send links for us to download transcripts on your behalf. Please follow the necessary steps to request a transcript from your institution, listing yourself as the recipient of your official transcript. Once you have received your official PDF transcript with your current cumulative GPA - (Fall 2021) it can be uploaded with this application or emailed to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To download the application and mail it in, please click here.



NOTE: Please enter a valid e-mail address. This email address will be used for communicating to you by the Scholarship Chairperson.



Please list information regarding your current employment (if applicable).
Projected school expenses for Fall 2021 - Spring 2022. If any section is incomplete, you will not be considered for a James B. Morris Scholarship.
Amount of income/contributions for the upcoming academic year:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Family member may not submit letters of recommendations on your behalf.
If awarded a named James B. Morris Scholarship, I give permission for the use of my photograph for publications and/or other media.
I verify that all information included in this application is true and accurate. I understand that if the James B. Morris Scholarship Fund, Inc. learns of any false or plagiarized information my application will not be considered and scholarship may be revoked.

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