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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 2020.  To review application criteria and requirements, please click on the title of the scholarship.  Here are some helpful tips to consider before beginning your application.

  • All applications are due Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
  • This MEF Scholarship application allows you to apply for all MEF Scholarships at one time. Please be prepared to apply for every scholarship you are interested in so you do not have to resubmit common application information again at a later time.
  • Review all application requirements.
    • 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.
    • We will ask you to provide the name and contact information of the person submitting your recommendation. It is your responsibility to contact the person and ask them to submit the recommendation directly to us via email. 
    • All scholarships require you to upload your official Morristown High School transcript. This can be in pdf, doc, docx, png, jpeg, or jpg format.
  • We recommend using your school issued chrome book.
  • If you have any questions before you begin, please contact us at

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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.