MORA Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

June 8, 2018

MORA will present 12 scholarships totaling $6,500 to high school seniors across the state during May. This is the fourth year that MORA has offered scholarships and 2018 yielded a record number of applicants (271) from a record number of high schools (117).

This is a testament to our outreach in high schools across the state,” said Kevin Stump, CEO of MORA. “During the 2017-18 academic year, we presented to over 4,000 students across Mississippi. We are certain that our outreach has had an impact on the number of applicants and also trust that donation is something that young people in Mississippi believe in,” added Stump.

Eleven of the 12 scholarships are valued at $500 with one valued at $1,000. Callie Davis of Ripley High School received the inaugural $1,000 Annie Lucious Gift of Life scholarship. That scholarship is named in honor of MORA Family Care Specialist Annie Lucious who has been with the agency since 2005 and is awarded to the applicant whose essay is deemed the most influential in support of organ, eye, and tissue donation. Stump sees this as a fitting honor for the most influential essay on donation. “Annie Lucious was an advocate of donation long before she became employed at MORA. Over the years, she has had an immense impact on donor families, recipients, hospital and community partners. An impact that will be felt for years to come,” said Stump.

The $500 scholarship winners are as listed:

  • Emily Wright- Harrison Central High School
  • Christopher Lee- McComb High School
  • Kiley Gazzo- Parklane Academy
  • Madelyn O’Bryan- Brandon High School
  • Megan James- New Hope High School
  • Daniel Bradley- New Hope High School
  • Julia Lott- Richton High School
  • Savannah Pope- Lamar High School
  • Alexander Pearson- Houlka High School
  • Mary Sprabery- Southeast Lauderdale High School
  • Hannah Brown- Tishomingo County High School