The Suffolk Foundation is pleased to announce Erin Elizabeth Whitley, a King’s Fork High School senior, is the recipient of the $1,000.00 Lewis F. Morris Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Morris was a well-respected teacher, coach, and principal of Chuckatuck School from 1952 – 1965, who was a leader, friend, and motivator. He led by example and was loved and respected by all who knew him. Erin resides in Suffolk with her parents, Lisa and Bradley Whitley,
In making the selection, the scholarship committee was impressed by Erin’s ability to maintain a 4.05 grade point average and receive academic award letters her entire high school career. The committee realized that Erin has outstanding leadership skills and is well organized. Her organizational skills were very evident in reading about her ability to juggle numerous school activities, work a part-time job, and be involved in various volunteer programs both in and out of school.
Erin was able to balance her extremely challenging course of studies, was recognized most outstanding student in Probability and Statistics, and made Honor Roll every 9 weeks all four years of high school. Outside of school, some of her activities included vacation bible school leader, church nursery assistant, Salvation Army food server, helper at the Chuckatuck Fire Department fish fry, assisted in writing/typing the Greater Chuckatuck Historical Foundation Book, SYAA concession stand server, and stocker at the Southeastern Food Bank of VA.
The committee felt Erin was a very deserving recipient who demonstrated qualities Mr. Lewis Morris would have expected of any student receiving a scholarship honoring his memory. Erin is definitely a leader, who leads by example. Erin will be an Honor Graduate this spring and has been accepted and plans to attend Longwood University next year where she plans to pursue a career as a teacher. The scholarship award will be sent directly to Longwood University.
Congratulations to Erin for her outstanding achievements and the Suffolk Foundation Board wishes her well in her future endeavors.