Samuel Monroe Morgan, a nursing major from Tupelo, Miss., has been named this year’s recipient of Western Carolina University’s Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship.
The $1,000 award was presented recently as part of the induction ceremony for new members of the Mu Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society for nontraditional students.
The scholarship was established in recognition of the contributions of the late Malcolm J. Loughlin to WCU, the Division of Educational Outreach and the community of students for whom he served as teacher, mentor and guide.
The scholarship is presented to an adult student in his or her junior year who has demonstrated attributes consistent with those of Loughlin and has met the academic standards worthy of induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society. Special consideration is given to global perspective and community outreach activities of the scholarship candidates.
“Adult students typically juggle multiple priorities of work, home and family obligations along with their studies,” said Pat Brown, dean of the Division of Educational Outreach and president of Alpha Sigma Lambda.
“Scholarship recognition exemplifies qualities of personal character, service and leadership. Samuel is a representative adult learner who has demonstrated all the qualities outlined by the scholarship criteria,” Brown said.
Morgan plans to use his degree to work on international relief efforts after graduation.
“When I examine Malcolm Loughlin’s constant pursuit of knowledge and unyielding desire to truly make a difference, I find inspiration and encouragement knowing that I, too, have something to contribute,” Morgan said. “Mr. Loughlin set a standard for WCU graduates, and I plan to continue his tradition of global awareness and relief.”
Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society was established in 1945 to recognize the academic excellence of nontraditional students. Induction into the society requires students to have an overall grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, with a minimum of 60 semester hours of graded credit.
Twenty-two students were inducted into the honor society during the recent ceremony.
WCU became the 300th chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in 2004. There are more than 350 chapters throughout the country.
The Mu Epsilon chapter is housed in the Division of Educational Outreach. Regis Gilman, associate dean of the division, serves as chapter councilor.
For more information, contact the Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397 or toll-free at 866-928-4723.