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Morris Educational Foundation Scholarships

The MEF awards scholarships to eligible Morristown High School seniors through an application process. Scholarships, funded by individuals and foundations, are awarded at the Senior Academic Awards Night each June. For more information see below or contact the Morristown High School guidance department.

Apply for a Scholarship

The scholarships listed below will be awarded in June 2021.  

To apply:

  1. Please click on the title of the scholarship.
  2. Review application criteria and requirements to be sure you qualify.
  3. Click apply at the bottom of the page. You will be re-directed to a separate application program.

Here are some helpful tips to consider before beginning your application.

  • Deadline to submit applications has been extended to Friday, April 9, 2021. 
    • The Judy & Eliot Steinberg Scholarship is due by Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
  • You may apply for as many scholarships as you wish.
  • You will be required to create a log-in to apply. You can revisit your scholarship application/applications before the deadline by logging into your account.
  • To apply for more than one scholarship, you will need to fill out common information one time and each specific scholarship's information subsequently.
  • Some scholarships require family financial information, evidence of applying for Federal and State aid, one or more essays, and one or more letters of recommendation.
  • All scholarships require you to upload your official Morristown High School transcript. This can be in pdf, doc, docx, png, jpeg, or jpg format.
  • Please read criteria carefully. If you do not meet the criteria you will not be considered for the award.
  • All essays must be specific to the scholarship as this is the most important part of the application and allows the application reviewer to get to know you.
  • If you have any questions before you begin, please contact us at

  • DEADLINE - APRIL 7, 2021
  • This scholarship honors two long-term residents of Morris Township who believed in education and equal opportunity for all. The scholarship will be awarded annually to 1 – 3 Morristown High School seniors who intend to continue their education at a New Jersey public college with a goal towards a career in STEM, business, education or medicine. Successful candidates will demonstrate financial need, scholastic achievement, and a willingness to help others in the community. This scholarship is made possible by their MHS alumni children who have pledged $1 million to provide for the college education of 10 or more Morristown High School students so they can graduate with minimal or no debt.

  • This scholarship was established to celebrate Mr. Strarrett’s legacy as an elder statesman of Morristown who helped preserve much of Morristown’s history and its heart, the Morristown Green. A 1945 MHS graduate, Mr. Starrett had the good fortune of receiving scholarships to both Princeton and NYU Law School and wished to have the same impact on Morristown High School seniors, giving them the opportunity to pursue their passions. Mr. Starrett was respected partner at Schenck Price Smith and King who was described as “a perfect gentleman, a man of wit and wisdom, a man who always had the right aphorism to fit the occasion, who always had a hand to help a new colleague or a worthy cause.”

  • This scholarship was established in memory of Veronica (Banky) Eddy, Class of 1978, and Brad Banky, Class of 1985, by their family. All MHS graduating students who are in the top 20 percent of their class, who demonstrate need for assistance and who plan to pursue a college major in business, economics or engineering are eligible.

  • Robert Wong, MHS Class of 1967, established this scholarship in memory of his parents. This generous award is for $5,000 per year for up to four years. This is a merit-based scholarship for a student in the top of the Morristown High School graduating class. The senior must exemplify the traits of high academic achievement and pursuits.

  • The scholarship will be open to all Morristown High School students who are pursuing STEM field in college studies. Preference to students underrepresented in STEM careers (i.e., women, underrepresented minorities and students with special needs). George and Michele Becker are longtime Morristown residents who are committed to education and our area schools. Professionals with careers in healthcare, finance, management, they understand the importance of science, technology, engineering and math for one’s career path.

  • The generous donations of friends of Mr. Stephen B. Wiley support this scholarship in recognition of his leadership and tireless efforts in forging a strong and vibrant school system and significantly strengthened the community. $4,000 for each of the first two years of post-secondary education is awarded to a student from MHS or MCST that can show strong community-minded leadership both within and outside of school.

  • In memory of Brian McNally, the McNally Family established The Capt. Brian J. McNally USMC Scholarship to honor the life of Morristown High School Alumni, Capt. Brian J. McNally USMC, an American Patriot, who exemplified a life dedicated to volunteerism and service to his schools, community, state and country. The scholarship will be open to all students who are pursuing Criminal Justice, Law & Protection, Health Care, Nursing & Medical Management or Emergency Management/ Public Safety at a four-year college who demonstrate dedicated community service. ($1,000 per year for 3 years and $2,000 for the 4th year)

  • This scholarship, created through a bequest from the estate of Dorothy F. Johnson, a 1947 MHS graduate and community leader, will be awarded to a graduating senior for two years in the amount of $1,750 per student per year. The selected students must be taking business administration related courses now and intending to pursue business administration in college.

  • Sponsored by the Golden Bagel Runners. This scholarship is in memory of Javier Avelar, a beloved Morristown High School graduate, who died after an 18-month battle with colon cancer. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Morristown High School senior who is a first-generation immigrant student with financial need.

  • In 1969, a group of concerned citizens, known as the Morris 8, brought an action against the NJ School Board to block the attempts of the Morris Township schools to pull out of the Morristown school system.  The Commissioner of Education ruled that he did not have the authority to block the separation, so the matter proceeded to the NJ Supreme Court.  In what is now one of the foremost decisions in the United States on school desegregation (Jenkins v. Township of Morris School District and Board of Ed, 58 NJ 483), the NJ Supreme Court in 1971 ruled in favor of the citizens and directed that the school systems be merged. The Morris 8 were Beatrice Jenkins, Cliff Burton, Charles C. “Moose” Jamison, Jr., Theodore King, Valerie Kowalski, Lloyd Newberry, Inge Nierenberg, and Ernestine Ritchie.  Seven of them had children in the school system at that time.  The Morristown High School Class of 1979 has created this scholarship dedicated to the Morris 8 legacy.

  • This scholarship award was created by the Galbraith family in memory of former Morristown High School biology teacher and Principal, James Galbraith. This award will be presented to an MHS Senior with plans to major in biology at a four-year college or university. Applicants must demonstrate creativity, kindness, and an ability to work within a team attributes the scholarship’s namesake valued and possessed.

  • The Morristown Distinguished Wrestler Scholarship is awarded to a senior wrestler planning to attend post-secondary education at an accredited college or trade school. The scholarship will reward the success a student has had balancing the academic demands of school, the physical demands of wrestling and finding time for school and community involvement. Funding for this scholarship is raised from MHS wrestling alumni, the Motown Grapplers Youth Wrestling Club, the MHS Wrestling Boosters and other friends of Morristown wrestling.

  • Ricky’s Compass is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on mental health in honor of Ricky Godoy. Ricky was a successful entrepreneur and passionate mental health advocate. After a long battle with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type, Ricky died by suicide on September 21st, 2017. Ricky’s Compass was founded in honor of Ricky’s vision to shatter the stigma around mental health and illness. Through this scholarship, Ricky’s Compass Inc. is looking for students to join us on our mission to educate and bring awareness in order to build communities that are accepting and understanding of all people. For more information, visit us at

  • The Morristown High School Class of 2020 Resilience Scholarship is awarded to a senior planning to attend an accredited college or trade school for post-secondary education. The scholarship will reward a student who has shown resilience and perseverance in the face of hardship while balancing the academic demands of school. It honors the MHS Class of 2020, who demonstrated these characteristics during the COVID-19 pandemic. This scholarship is sponsored by the Project Graduation committee. The MHS Class of 2020 was unable to celebrate together on graduation night at Project Graduation. This scholarship was created to remember and commend this sacrifice and all others made by the 460 graduating seniors that year. This scholarship will be selected through a teacher nomination process. No student application is required.

  • This scholarship was established by the MEF through the sale of the book “Youth’s Bright Years: An American High School,” written by alumnus John T. Cunningham, class of ’32. This is for an MHS graduating senior pursuing a major in the broad field of communications at a four-year college, meeting the criteria of grade point average, related extra-curricular activities, teacher recommendations, and excellent writing skills will be awarded $1,250.

  • AT&T Pioneers is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is community service. This local organization is a part of the New Jersey Chapter of AT&T Pioneers and consists of AT&T retirees and active employees. Education is one of the primary causes of the AT&T Pioneers support. Thus the local chapter decided to create this scholarship for a college-bound senior at Morristown High School.

  • Mary Plunkett Bentzlin was a beloved teacher in the Morris School District for over 30 years, primarily at Frelinghuysen Middle School where she taught language arts and writing. Her scholarship will be open to all students who are pursuing liberal arts in their college studies with a goal towards public service. Financial need is a primary consideration for this scholarship. The scholarship must be used to pay tuition and related expenses at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university.

  • This Scholarship was established to honor the career of Bruce Chamberlain as a teacher and adviser at Frelinghuysen Middle School and Morristown High School. Bruce started in Morristown in 2004 as an 8th grade math teacher via the NJ alternate route program after a 25-year career in business/IT starting with Hewlett-Packard in the late seventies. Around 2010, Bruce began to teach the newly formed accelerated math program at FMS along with the Quest Gifted & Talented program. Running activities such as Model UN & Mock Trial in the Quest program for many years led Bruce to reinstitute a Mock Trial team at MHS which had been dormant for many years. Mr. Chamberlain went above and beyond in all that he did and inspired everyone he came in contact with. He is beloved by his students many of whom give him credit for their current success. Mr. Chamberlain retired in 2020 and this scholarship was created to mark that occasion. Recipients will pursue either a STEM-related, education or political science field with preference given to financial need.

  • The Ruth Marantz Cohen French Award was established to honor Ruth M. Cohen’s passion for teaching French. Her husband, Murray, established this annual award and fund for students of French language and literature. Mrs. Cohen taught at MHS for more than 30 years. The scholarship winner is selected by the French Department. No student application is required.

  • The Douenias Family Scholarship for Scholar Athletes is awarded to a Morristown High School senior planning to attend a 4-year college or university. The scholarship will reward a student with a combined high academic achievement and a long-standing commitment to their sport. Preference will be given to students living in the town of Morristown.

  • Morristown High School graduates Molly Hess, ’08 and Liam Mulcahy, ’07 met and began dating at MHS, and after living in Dallas, New York City and San Francisco, they have come home to Morristown and wanted to give back to the school that gave them so much. Professionals with careers in marketing and technology, they understand the importance of and opportunities within the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and writing. The Hess-Mulcahy Scholarship is awarded to a Morristown High School senior planning to attend an accredited college for post-secondary education. The scholarship will reward a student pursuing a degree in the arts (preferably in writing) or a degree in STEM. The recipient will receive a one-time $1,000 award.

  • Mother Estelle Walker Hinkins graduated from Morristown High School (MHS) in 1897, the first African American woman to do so. She graduated with honors and was selected to be the class prophet. Following high school, Mother Hinkins attended Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio where she earned a degree in education. After being denied an opportunity to teach in Morris County, she taught in the Atlantic City School District, but remained committed to the youth of Morristown, and along with Mrs. Early, started the Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Club on Spring Street in Morristown. One of the club’s main focuses was teaching children how to read. Today, Mother Hinkins is fondly remembered by her former students as “strict”. They were probably unaware that Miss Estelle, as she was called, was the granddaughter of former slaves in Morris County and desired the best education for her students so that they would never allow that history to repeat itself. Estelle Walker Hinkins was a member of Bethel Church of Morristown. The church honors the memory of Estelle Walker Hinkins and her work with this scholarship which will award a minimum of $1,000 each to two Morristown High School seniors (1 male, 1 female) of African American or African descent pursuing a 2-year or 4-year degree in education with a career path towards early Childhood, elementary, secondary, and/or post-secondary education. Funding for this scholarship is provided by the Bethel Church Community.

  • This scholarship was established in memory of William “Darell” Johnson (Morristown High School Class of 1994), a beloved father, son, brother, friend and colleague. He was a well-known friendly face in Morristown and at Morristown High School where he worked in the Guidance Office for 8 years of his 22 years in the Morris School District. Darell always had a smile on his face and greeted people with kindness and enthusiasm. This scholarship celebrates Darell who was an unending cheerleader for our students and high school. He had a positive impact on so many others and valued camaraderie in all facets of his life. His rally call “Let’s get it going!” could be heard on the sidelines of athletic fields from the time he was a child through his time with his own children. He wanted others to succeed and through this award, his legacy will continue to inspire success in others.

  • The Morristown Animal Hospital Animal Welfare Scholarship is awarded to a graduating Morristown High School Senior in the amount of $1,000. The Morristown Animal Hospital has been caring for animals in Morristown and neighboring communities since 1915. David Matalon, VMD has been the owner and chief veterinarian since 2005. David lives and works in Morristown and his children have been educated in the Morris School District. David believes in giving back to the community and established this scholarship to encourage and support a graduating senior from Morristown High School in pursuing a career in animal welfare.

  • The Shaffer Family established this in memory of Coach Shaffer to encourage young athletes (both male and female) to pursue a larger purpose for their future and to ensure commitment to the community where they live and work. Coach Shaffer was a beloved teacher and Coach at Morristown High School, as well as a teacher and Vice Principal at Frelinghuysen Middle School. Coach Shaffer and many of his fellow coaches made a commitment to Morristown High School to mentor young athletes into a role of responsibility and education. Coach Shaffer assisted many young students with their college applications and essays to ensure they were mentored through the college application process. All he asked in return was that these students understood the importance of education and assumed a role of mentor, wherever their future took them. Coach Shaffer was constantly being recognized in Morristown and Morris County, and many of his previous students and athletes had the opportunity to tell him that he changed their lives for the better. Even after retirement, Coach Shaffer was always officiating at Morristown High School for football, wrestling, softball, baseball, and track and field.

  • The Shirley Shalit Scholarship was established to honor lifelong Morristown resident and Morristown High School alumna, Shirley Domb Shalit (Class of ’39). The scholarship will be open to all students who are pursuing a major in the Humanities with a preference for English Literature at a two or four-year college. The scholarship must be used to pay tuition at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.