Jerry & Marilyn Morris Distinguished Scholarships

The Jerry & Marilyn Morris Scholarship

The late Jerry D. Morris had a long and varied career at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  He came to what was then East Texas State University in 1970 as Director of Placement; a year later he was named Dean of Admissions and Records, where he served for two years before being named Dean of the Graduate School, a position he held for nine years.  He was promoted to Vice President for Academic Affairs and served in that role for four years before being named the 9th President of the University in 1987.  Dr. Morris served as President and CEO until his retirement in 1997, and in recognition of his long and distinguished service to Texas A&M University-Commerce, the Board of Regents bestowed upon him the honor of President Emeritus.  Although his degrees were received at the University of Arkansas, he loved this university and his theme throughout his tenure was "developing talent."  He and his wife, Marilyn, a proud graduate of A&M-Commerce, consider it a privilege to be able to give back to the university that has meant so much to them.

Doctoral and Master’s

Award: $1000 (one semester)

Recipients shall be an outstanding and deserving graduate student at A&M-Commerce.

Students receiving academic merit scholarships or students who have such financial need that federal grants provide for their financial assistance shall not be considered. 

Description: The Jerry and Marilyn Morris Endowment awards scholarships of $1000 for one semester.  Awardees are also eligible to pay resident tuition for the terms of the scholarship. 

Eligibility: Recipients of the Jerry and Marilyn Morris Endowment must comply with the following requirements throughout the course of the scholarship:

  • Be admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at A&M-Commerce
  • Be enrolled as a full time graduate student the semester of the scholarship (9 graduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours and a full time GA)
  • Be in academic good standing
  • Make satisfactory progress toward graduation

Required Documentation:

  • Scholarship Application
  • Application letter
  • Vita/Resume
  • Reference letter