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Mary Morrow - Edna Richards Scholarships

Application Deadline - February 15, 2024

Planning To TEACH in North Carolina?

If you are a student in your JUNIOR year of college or SENIOR year of high school, you may qualify for a Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship from the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children (NCFPSC).

Applications for the Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship must include three recommendations (two must be academic), and a transcript of your fall (current semester) grades.  

The Mary Morrow Fund was established in 1953. In 1994, the Fund was renamed the Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Fund to acknowledge the legacy of Edna Richards.

Following 10 years of fundraising, the scholarship program was begun by the Classroom Teachers Association in 1963 and later administered by the North Carolina Association of Classroom Teachers and the North Carolina Association of Educators.

In 2022, The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children began the newly revised scholarship program underwritten by the Mary Marrow/Edna Richards Fund.

Dedicated to EDUCATION

The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship is named in memory of Mary Frank Morrow who served as the first president of the North Carolina Classroom Teachers Association, and Edna Cotton Richards, an outstanding leader in the North Carolina Teachers Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators.

In 1931, the first local unit of Carolina Teachers Association was organized with Morrow as president. The state association was formed the following year. Mary Frank Morrow was named to the North Carolina Educational Hall of fame in 1966. The plaque is in the lobby of the North Carolina Association of Educators Center in Raleigh.

Mrs. Edna Cotton Richards was appointed executive secretary of the Division of Classroom Teachers of the North Carolina Teachers Association 1959. She went on to hold many leadership and advisory positions within the NCAE and NEA until her retirement in 1981.

Mrs. Richards was a lifelong teacher and leader. Both women, through their diligent work and dedication to the teaching profession, led exemplary lives. This scholarship honors their distinguished careers.

How to apply

Applicants must be North Carolina residents enrolled or who plan to enroll in a teacher-education program. Applicants must be in their JUNIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE or a SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL and willing to teach in NC Public schools for at least two (2) years following graduation.

Applications and required materials should be submitted through the NCFPSC.org website no later than February 15, annually.
Preference may be given to:

  • NC Teacher Cadet students
  • Future Teachers of America members
  • SNCAE or Aspiring Educator Members
  • Children and grandchildren of North Carolina Association of Educators members

Other selection criteria include character, diversity, scholastic achievement, evidence of promise as a teacher, and the financial need of the applicant. Other individuals meeting the above qualifications may request application information from the NCFPSC.

Applications will be considered and judged by the NCFPSC Scholarship Committee, after which recipients will be notified. Awards will be paid directly to the college or university in which the recipient is enrolled.

The torch still burns

The Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship Trust Fund, established and perpetuated through voluntary contributions, is administered by the NC Foundation for Public School Children.

Contributions to the Fund in honor of living educators or through memorials are received by the NC Foundation for Public School Chirldren (NCFPSC).

The number and amount of scholarship awards will be determined by income received from the Trust Fund. The NCFPSC will record and recognize all gifts. A notice, naming the donor, is sent to acknowledge a contribution to the Fund in honor of a living person or in memory of the deceased. Individuals contributions are tax deductible. Tax receipts are provided by the NCFPSC office.