Harold A. and Elizabeth V. Morse
Carolyn Morse has created this scholarship in honor of her parents Harold A. and Elizabeth V. Morse.
Harold was the oldest son of a single mother, raised with six siblings in Monticello, Utah where he ran wild in the mountains and canyon lands. Liz was the daughter of an Evangelical Quaker Minister, raised with five siblings in Sherwood, Oregon where they shared a communal garden and communal cows. Harold and Liz were both the first members of their families to go to college. Harold initially attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and later studied sociology as both an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Washington. Liz attended the Quaker Barclay College in Haviland,
Kansas, University of Washington, and the Registered Nursing Program at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colorado. After Harold’s thirty-year career as Director of Research and Statistics at the Denver Department of Welfare, Harold and Liz retired to Rifle Colorado, where they eagerly became a part of the community. Harold taught Statistics at the Rifle Campus of the Colorado Mountain College, was the Scout Master of Boy Scout Troup 223, but mostly loved fishing on the river and on Rifle Gap Reservoir. Liz helped a paleontologist catalog and label a fossil display at the Rifle campus of the Colorado Mountain College, and she won first prize for her famous apple pie at the Garfield County Fair.
Liz and Harold spoke many times about how much their education had enriched their lives. Because they had received scholarships and family support to attend college, they were able to give help and hope to their extended family, church and friends. Both Harold and Liz were interested in supporting the strength of the CMC Rifle campus and offering opportunities for first generation students who
wish to study there. These endowed scholarships will provide full support for first generation students interested in pursuing a degree at the Rifle Campus of Colorado Mountain College. Carolyn, their only child, is very proud to honor their wishes.