Scholarship Awardees

Most recent awardees are at the top.

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Zane Armellino
Oakdale, PA
2019 "By accepting this award, I will be able to attend Penn State and read more...
pursue the degree in Aerospace Engineering that I have always wished to have. "
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Christian Armstrong
Park City, UT
2019 "I'm very grateful that I was chosen out of all the applicants read more...
regarding this scholarship. I have fought my uphill battles growing up and I greatly appreciate that scholarships like these can lighten the load coming up. Thank you so much."
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Matthew Bernhardt
Park City, UT
2019 "Thank you so much for making me a recipient of this generous read more...
2019 Joseph James Morelli Scholarship award. This scholarship is an important step in my college career, as I move forward with both school and life. An award package like this allows me to focus more on my education and less on making ends meet. To date, a significant aspect of my college life has been devoted to working as many as 35 hours per week to help support myself and my college expenses. With this award, I will be able to concentrate more on my education and, ultimately, my undergraduate degree. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my education so that I will have a brighter future."
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Johnathan Bingham
Fredericksburg, VA
2019 "The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship means a lot to me. I feel like read more...
someone believes in me and is willing to help me push through all of my visual struggles to continue my love for math and engineering. I will be using the scholarship to help pay my tuition to attend Old Dominion University in the fall where I have been accepted to study Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Thank you for believing in me and helping me follow my dream to become an engineer. "
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Grayson Blankenship
Sacramento, CA
2019 "I was delighted and grateful to learn that I was selected as a read more...
recipient of the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship. This award means a lot to me because it recognizes the struggles that I have worked hard to overcome and will lighten my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Many thanks for this wonderful award! When I graduate in 2023 with baccalaureate in mechanical engineering, I will remember this gift and will be sure to pay it forward"
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Brett Bowers
Jacksonville, FL
2019 "This scholarship means that now I can finally change the odds. I prove to read more...
everyone that no matter what, you can do anything you put your mind to and succeed!"
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Joseph Campgna
Dallas, TX
2019 "I was surprised and excited when I learned I had received the read more...
Joseph James Morelli Scholarship. Math and science have always been easy for me, but writing has been difficult. This scholarship acknowledges the hard work I put in at high school. Because of this scholarship, I will be able to obtain a cyber-security degree. "
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Aja Capel
Urbana, IL
2019 "Charles Schwab, a famous dyslexic, once said, “The only thing that read more...
interfered with my education was the limits others kept trying to put on me. Passion is the great slayer of adversity. Many times I can see a solution to something differently and quicker than other people. I see the end zone and say, “This is where I want to go.” Robotics and bridging the STEM gap are my passions. Getting my mechanical engineering degree is my college end zone. This generous scholarship will help me get there. Thank you very much for seeing beyond the limits the world tries to put on me. "
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John Dickerson
San Diego, CA
2019 "Due to coming from a low incoming family every penny counts read more...
towards college. This will take some of the wait off me because I have had to work through school but now will be able to focus on school a little more. This will also help with my dyslexia since everything takes longer to do. So I will be able to focus on school more and have a better chance at success."
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Lucas Efird
Littlerock, AR
2019 " This scholarship will help me pursue my dream of becoming a read more...
mechanical engineer. I am grateful that my struggles and hard work throughout my life have been recognized. This scholarship will help me focus on school and allow me to be the best student I can be. "
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Jack Evans
Park City, UT
2019 "This award will enable me to continue to drive toward my goals read more...
of success in obtaining a marine biology degree, despite my learning challenges. I am grateful for the continued support and confidence that the Morelli family and the selection committee have placed in me. I appreciate the opportunity to uphold Joseph's legacy by working hard and remaining committed to my goals."
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Jaime Fuentes
McAllen, TX
2019 "I am so thankful and honored to have been awarded the Joseph read more...
James Morelli Scholarship. This award will help me in my pursuit of degrees in Chemistry and Forensic Science. This scholarship is unique in that it not only recognizes the possibility of academic success for those of us that face learning challenges, but also reinforces and rewards our perseverance and dedication to our education. I am forever grateful to the scholarship committee and the Morelli family for this chance to further my education and for supporting those of us with learning obstacles."
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Emma Hausz
Greenville, IN
2019 "I am so thankful to receive this scholarship in honor of Joseph read more...
Morelli. After years of working so hard to overcome the challenges that come with my Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and ADHD, it gives me a feeling of affirmation to be acknowledged for my strengths! I will continue to work hard in my academic ventures and hope to find an opportunity to give back to the community of students working through similar challenges by mentoring and/or tutoring. I will also continue to advocate for students and educate those who do not understand learning differences and the giftedness that can come with the challenges. "
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Victor Loya
Park City, UT
2019 "This award means that even though I have many learning challenges, read more...
I can continue to have hope to graduate from a 4-year university. I personally think that with this scholarship, comes great responsibility. I will not disappoint the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Committee for choosing me a a recipient."
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Bo Moore
Northborough, MA
2019 "Receiving this scholarship is relieving, like someone has read more...
taken a weight from the many that I am forced to carry on my shoulder. I feel that I directly relate to Joseph, I feel that this recognition from this scholarship will help me find success."
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Sophie Overstreet
West Hartford, CT
2019 "It is an honor to receive the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship. read more...
Words cannot express my gratitude. I have struggled with dyslexia throughout my life, but I would not be the same person without my journey to overcome the obstacles it presented. This scholarship has allowed me to pursue my academic goals to become an engineer. I will spread Morelli's message to college and throughout my life. I dream of a world where children are taught to be proud of their differences, not to hide them. I will work to make that a reality in Joseph's name."
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Wyatt Philley
Olive Branch, MS
2019 "Working through the challenges of Dyslexia has been a big part of read more...
my life. I have always been taught that I have strengths that will propel me as an adult, but the road through standardized education has been filled with obstacles at every turn. I am grateful for the Morelli family and this generous scholarship; I will strive to honor Joseph’s memory as I pursue my Physics degree. Joseph’s story is so encouraging and shows that Dyslexics like myself can succeed if we continue to persevere. With this scholarship, I will be able to concentrate more on school and less on how to finance my continued education. Thank you for believing in me."
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Brock Rideout
Henderson, NV
2019 "I'm very grateful to be able to receive this award. The Joseph James Morelli read more...
Scholarship will help me pursue a career in engineering. I share some similarities in life with Joseph. I wasn't diagnosed with dyslexia until I had graduated 8th grade, and my mom also had to have me tested outside the school district, as well as push for me to get the help I needed in school. I'm also a self-taught guitarist and playing soccer has be constantly outdoors too. Seeing how well he was able to do in college is inspiring. My family's financial situation is a bit challenging and so receiving the scholarship will help me feel even better about my chances of success."
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Ian Schaefer
Kings Park, NY
2019 "I am so grateful to the Morelli family and the Park City Community read more...
Foundation for selecting me as a Joseph James Morelli Scholarship recipient. I am deeply honored to have been selected as I strongly relate to Joseph’s learning difficulties. Much like Joseph, I love and excel in math and science. Even though I have struggled with writing, it never affected how I did in math and science. It is one of the few times at school where I feel validated. I felt like my grades in math and science truly matched my intelligence, unlike other subjects. I too, have always loved nature and the environment including hiking with my dogs and skiing. I also love music and have played the bass since 4th grade. Joseph’s science teacher described him as passionate and compassionate. I raise puppies for Canine Companions for Independence and after 18 months am able to give them back to CCI because of selfless compassion and a commitment to making a difference. Joseph sounds like the kind of person who wanted to do his part to make the world a better place. I plan to use the scholarship to purchase assistive technology to facilitate my success at State University of New York for Environmental Science and Forestry as a Paper Engineering major."
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Sterling Shepard
Atlanta, GA
2019 "Being a recipient of this award means a lot to me because read more...
I too struggled with physics but enjoyed the challenge. I can also relate to Joseph's love for camping and the outdoors. Receiving this scholarship has helped me attend a college with smaller class sizes that will enable me to thrive. I am very grateful!"
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Maxwell Thyer
Charolette, NC
2019 "To me, this award is a culmination of all the hard work that read more...
I have put into my education in the past thirteen years. It is a great feeling to be recognized for the grueling hours of study that has gotten me here today. This award proves that hard work pays off."
Anton Brase
Anton Brase
Littleton, CO
2018 "I am sincerely honored and grateful to be receiving this award. Having dyslexia, and struggling in school read more...
environment, I am glad that you understand that there are others who learn in different ways and are willing to support us. Helping achieve my goals of college and becoming an Electrical Engineering. I am grateful to the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund for helping me follow my dreams"
Myles Campbell
Myles Campbell
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
2018 "I can relate to Joseph’s story because I too have had a long struggle with dyslexia. The scholarship will read more...
assist in helping me realize my dream of becoming a physical therapist one day. The scholarship reminds me that if I continue to work hard and persevere in my goals, there is no obstacle that is unattainable. I would like to personally thank the Morelli family for establishing the scholarship in honor of their exceptional son and for presenting an opportunity for other young adults to continue their higher education"
Rylee Cardon
Rylee Cardon
Vineyard, UT
2018, 2019 "This award allows me to continue my education as a Master's student to get a graduate read more...
degree in aerospace engineering. My goal is to work for NASA or go to the moon someday. " <
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Patrick Coy
Brookfield, IL
2018, 2019 "This scholarship award is an opportunity for me to help pay for my education. read more...
This scholarship award is an opportunity for me to help pay for my education. An opportunity to help me achieve my goals and dreams. I am great-full to the Morelli family for recognizing my determination beyond my dyslexia and supporting my future exploration in environmental science."
Nick Dillman
Nick Dillman
Park City, UT
2018 "Find what you are good at and believe in yourself. This scholarship is special because it recognizes hard read more...
work, commitment, and finding your path to success. I am honored to continue the legacy of Joseph Morelli and represent him by receiving this scholarship.”"
Ryan Domako
Ryan Domako
Missoula, MT
2018 "Thank you for this scholarship, I really appreciate it. The money will help me pay for college tuition read more...
next fall at Montana State University. It feels good to be recognized for all the hard work that I have put into school. With dyslexia things aren’t always easy. This scholarship will help me reach my goal of getting an engineering degree and have a great future!”"
Hannah Dyal
Hannah Dyal
Park City, UT
2018, 2019  "Thank you for awarding me this scholarship. I cannot express how thankful I am to be recognized. I have read more...
had many challenges throughout my life, especially in school. I have had to work very hard to achieve what I have and it means so much to me to have been awarded this scholarship. My dream is to help people in need, as a nurse, and this scholarship is allowing me to pursue what I love.”"
Thomas Fendler
Thomas Fendler
Park City, UT
2018 "Receiving this scholarship reminds me that I have the ability to succeed even with difficult challenges."
Charles Fiveash
Charles Fiveash
Park City, UT
2018, 2019 "This award is important to me because it recognizes my special abilities in STEM as a read more...
dyslexic. I really appreciate the Morelli's continued support and encouragement and am happy to be part of remembering Joseph. "
Katherine Ginder
Katherine Ginder
Northampton, MA
2018, 2019 "This award means that I will be able to continue working towards my academic goals. read more...
I am very grateful to be a recipient for the Joseph Jame Morelli Scholarship as it helps validate the extra work I have put into tasks because of my dyslexia."
Maggie Hovater
Maggie Hovater
Florence, AL
2018, 2019 "This scholarship is special to me because I can relate to Joseph Morelli and his story. When I first read read more...
about Joseph, I told my mom, that is me. At the age of 16, testing revealed that I had ADHD, an auditory processing disorder and phonics dyslexia. Up until that time, I never understood why my brain did not work like everyone else. I am honored to have been chosen as a scholarship recipient and will honor his legacy as I pursue my dream of computer engineering."
Jacob Imyak
Jacob Imyak
Buffalo Grove, IL
2018 "Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship! I am excited to use this to help pay for my college read more...
education that will lead to my goal of a successful career in computer science. I have worked hard my entire academic career to show that I have no limits regardless of my disability. This honor validates that I can achieve success with perseverance and my passion for learning. I appreciate this recognition and will continue to overcome challenges.”"
Patrick Kalb
Patrick Kalb
Minneapolis, MN
2018, 2019 "I am grateful to receive the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship award. Receiving this award gives read more...
me validation that I can overcome the challenges that dyslexia presents me with. It reminds me that with determination and perseverance, I can overcome the obstacles of dyslexia and achieve my goals of becoming a mechanical engineer. "
Ian Krynski
Ian Krynski
Ellicott City, MD
2018 "Today I will do what others won’t do so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” -Ronnie Coleman. I used this read more...
quote in my college essay to show my motivation to work hard and sacrifice now to achieve my goals as an engineer. It has taken on a new meaning since I learned about Joseph James Morelli, who did not live long enough to benefit from his hard work. I will think of him often throughout my career and I am very grateful for this scholarship"
Anna Lettau-Fresquez
Anna Lettau-Fresquez
Boulder, CO
2018, 2019 "I was always told that I would never be able to do much in my life because of my financial and disability read more...
status. Throughout my life I have worked hard to go above and beyond what people have thought of me. This award proves to others and myself that those years hard at work have not been for nothing. This may only be one step towards my future but it one step closer. I want to thank everyone who contributed to giving me money to help with my tuition as well as my mom who pushes me into the right direction.”"
Matthew McCool
Matthew McCool
Glenpool, OK
2018, 2019 "Joseph excelling in his academic studies after receiving read more...
accommodations for his dyslexia resonates with me as I too did not excel in my studies until I received accommodations for dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Being a repeat recipient of the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship means so much to me because it comes from a group of people who know that a student receiving accommodations works as hard or harder then the other students taking the same classes. Thank you to all the donors and those working for this organization. A special thanks to the Morelli family, knowing that you have chosen to honor Joseph’s life by helping other students overcoming the same hurdles as he faced in school gives me inspiration in addition to the monetary support. As I start my senior year the funds will allow me to spend extra time on my senior project and to keep my grades up so I can graduate with honors. "
Klarisa Montana
Klarisa Montana
Phoenix, AZ
2018 "I am very grateful and proud to be one of this year’s recipients and for the opportunities this award will read more...
provide me. I will rely on financial aid, scholarships, and student loans to help finance my education. Receiving the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship is special to me, not only because of the struggles that I have endured in school because of my dyslexia, but also because it will provide much needed assistance for me as I continue my college career.”"
Vanessa Rodas-Dehollan
Vanessa Rodas-Dehollan
Newton, MA
2018 "I am extremely grateful for this scholarship because one of the things it will allow me to do is to further read more...
myself in the medical field. The main reason I wanted to get the scholarship was because it had so much relevancy to my present and my future. I am extremely grateful that I will be able to one day help others like me and Joseph. I am certain that this scholarship will help me become the most successful student and doctor that I can become.”"
Grace Sierra
Grace Sierra
Rockville, MD
2018 "This award is special to me because it proves that you shouldn’t let any learning challenges get in the way of read more...
pursuing your dreams. When I was younger I felt that my learning challenge was a hindrance but now I’ve realized it actually gives me a unique perspective on solving problems. This scholarship will also allow me to further pursue my love of engineering."
Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith
Erial, NJ
2018 "I am so grateful to be awarded this scholarship in honor of Joseph James Morelli, who has inspired me read more...
by his story of hard work and perseverance in overcoming challenges from Dyslexia. I will follow his lead as I begin my own journey in STEM. Thank you again for the honor to be a part of Joseph’s legacy."
Daniel Stanley
Daniel Stanley
Wauconda, IL
2018, 2019 "I think that Joseph’s family would want his scholarship to go to someone with similar life experiences and read more...
interests and someone who has financial need. Upon reading the scholarship application and looking at the family photos I immediately felt like we had a lot in common. Like Joseph, I have a great love of the outdoors, I am very close to my family, and I have the learning disability dyslexia. I am interested in the conservation of the environment and natural resources. I love travelling and have traveled to Ecuador for a Tropical Field Ecology course, hiked with my family through the mighty five Utah National Parks, took Winter Ecology courses in the Tetons, and went on several hiking trips through the outdoor program. I also share Joseph’s passion for outdoor sports, snowboarding in my case, and his spirit for giving back. From an early age, I have volunteered with many organizations including the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies. I have volunteered at school and church in various activities including helping underprivileged children during a mission trip. I have three siblings, two with special needs who I have helped care for. The challenges of dealing with special needs siblings has made my family very close. It is obvious that Joseph was also close to his family. I would have liked to meet Joseph. I think we have a lot in common. "
James Isaac Trease
James Isaac Trease
SLC, UT
2018 "I’m grateful to the Morelli family for honoring their son by contributing to the education of others who have read more...
suffered through similar life circumstances as Joseph. During the past two years I have developed a significant interest in the technical aspects of theater production. What was previously considered a matter of flipping a switch, has now become a very complex computerized process, including additional engineering aspects necessary to assure the show goes on without any apparent errors. The funds I will receive from this scholarship will assist me in applying for highly specialized schools in this very competitive field. I hope to be able to pay-it-forward in the future."
Mikayla Wetherby
Mikayla Wetherby
Santa Cruz, CA
2018 "Receiving the Joseph James Morelli scholarship award is extremely meaningful to me because it brings to light read more...
that everyone does not learn the same, but everyone can achieve. For me, it emphasizes the fact that although I have learning disabilities, I am still able to pursue my dreams and go to college. Joseph inspires me because even though he had dyslexia, he persevered and ultimately attended college, majoring in a STEM field. I plan to major in Computer Science and set the world on fire!"
Jessica Wilson
Jessica Wilson
Troy, NC
2018, 2019 "Being the recipient of the generosity of the Morelli family is a privilege and an honor. read more...
My entire life, I have had to work twice as hard and twice as long to understand what seemed come so easily to everyone around me. The Morelli scholarship provides much needed financial and emotional support. I know that there are thousands of people just like me nationwide that have faced similar challenges, so being chosen is a great honor. In order to be deserving of this honor, I will work hard every day. I want to sincerely thank the Morelli family and the scholarship committee for assisting me achieve my dream and believing in my own ability to do so. It is my hope that the other scholarship recipients and I will use this incredible gift to honor Joseph's memory and turn our hardships into progress."
McKay Ashby
McKay Ashby
West Jordan, UT
2017 "Thank you for this scholarship award. This award is special to me because it will help me to further my read more...
education. Even though learning has been harder for me than most students, I have still managed to work hard and accomplish my goals in school. This scholarship will lead me down a path to pursue my dream of getting a degree in mechanical engineering. I know college will be hard, but I also know that through hard work I can accomplish anything I put my mind to."
Blayze Ashurst
Blayze Ashurst
Logan, UT
2017  "I am extremely grateful for this scholarship, as it was the result of much hard work. I am certain read more...
that this scholarship will help me become a successful electrical engineer and to provide benefit to the rest of the world"
Zachary Bowden
Zachary Bowden
Hyde Park, MA
2017 "I am honored to be awarded this scholarship and I am going to be less worried about going to college read more...
knowing that my efforts to overcome my disability have been recognized. This scholarship is helping allow me to be the first in my family to go to college. For a long time, it has been a dream of mine to become a nurse and help people just like people helped my mom and now I can get closer to pursue that dream.”"
Parker Callahan
Parker Callahan
Salt Lake City, UT
2017, 2018 "Knowing now that it was never really my autism holding me back has helped me further myself read more...
in more ways than academically. It helped me to create bonds, and meet people who understand what I struggled to. This scholarship alone has proved that my disability is not my burden.”"
Ricardo Gallegos Jr.
Ricardo Gallegos Jr.
San Antonio, TX
2017, 2019 "THANK YOU!! Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Committee and the family of Joseph James Morelli!! read more...
THANK YOU!! Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Committee and the family of Joseph James Morelli!! This SCHOLARSHIP MEANS SO MUCH TO MY HEART!! Daily I utilize the profound memory of Joseph to remind me of his expectations, and I strive every day to be the student that I know he would want me to be. I am honored to follow his love of family and to live up to his an my DREAMS of becoming an Mechanical Engineer. Every chance I get I always remind myself and state “Thank You Joseph!!”"
Michael Gnatovic
Michael Gnatovic
Salt Lake City, UT
2017, 2018, 2019 "I am so very thankful that I have been given the opportunity to receive this scholarship. read more...
This scholarship is special to me because it has given me so much, it has lightened my financial burden allowing me to focus more on my school work and extracurricular activities. Most people don’t realize the difficulties that a person with a learning disability face. It is so great that you continue to honor Joseph James Morelli through this scholarship. The generosity given by this scholarship inspires me to one day give back to this foundation and make a difference in someone else’s life. "
Jared Hites
Jared Hites
Hermantown, MN
2017, 2018 "This award is special to me because it shows me others believe in me too. It meant so much read more...
to me reading the acceptance letter and seeing the words of strangers who recognized my hard path in school. This feeling of being complimented and encouraged to continue my education goals will give me continued strength and determination to persevere.”"
Avery Israel
Avery Israel
Park City, UT
2017 "This award is special to me, knowing that there are people who recognize that not everyone learns the read more...
same way and are willing to support those of us who learn differently."
Bryan Jaszczak
Bryan Jaszczak
Newberry, FL
2017, 2018 "It is such a privilege to receive this scholarship award, especially since it is in honor of someone read more...
as special as Joseph Morelli. Like Joseph, I have worked hard to overcome the challenges of dyslexia in order to realize my dream of attending college. I also share the passion he had for the outdoors and plan to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering. This scholarship helps make it possible for me to achieve my goals and I am extremely grateful to be the recipient"
Mark Kimbrell
Mark Kimbrell
Kettering, OH
2017, 2018, 2019  "I am so grateful to receive this honor. My college experience has been interesting and challenging read more...
. For me, I have had a lot of health issues that have taken my college experience in a very different direction than I originally had intended. Despite my struggles ( back surgery, the end of my wrestling career, my GPA not being quite where I wanted it to be and ultimately the decision to switch Universities to be closer to home to help with my recovery) the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship has been there cheering me on throughout my journey. Thank you doesn’t adequately express my gratitude. There are really no words to describe how much your support, encouragement and financial help has meant to me. I will continue to work hard and do my best to honor the memory of Joseph James Morelli. "
Haley King
Haley King
Leesburg, VA
2017, 2018, 2019  "I am enormously appreciative of being a recipient of the 2019 Joseph James Morelli read more...
scholarship. Joseph’s story fills me with motivation and inspiration to work harder than others, overcoming my learning challenges and staying on-track academically. The scholarship award not only makes my junior year possible, but keeps my long-term career dreams alive. I am grateful for being selected for this very special honor and value the significant impact it will have on my future.” "
Michaelis Linardakis
Michaelis Linardakis
Salt lake City, UT
2017, 2018, 2019 "The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Committee, Family, and Community inspired read more...
by Joe has strongly bestowed a vital network and bonding trust of support for students like me to outreach to when in doubt. I believe the Morelli family seriously has such an amazing outlook of supporting those who go underprivileged through their course study. They establish recognition towards my perseverance of academics and life in general, from a perspective in which I have never felt from any of my mentors before. My supporters here give me strength, they give me pride in whom I’m representing, and most of all they give me a purpose to carry on Joe’s legacy of proving to the world, that anyone with passion or drive in what they believe in, has what it takes to reach the peak of any mountain, accomplish their pursuit of knowledge, and further themselves beyond what is the typical expectation. As a third year recipient, I have found this scholarship means more than tuition assistance, and rather provides me with the greatest gift of them all...which is love and guidance. The Morelli scholarship committee has consistently provided such an immense amount of enlightenment and time with me over the past two years during detrimental occurrences where I have been academically placed at a disadvantage. In gratitude for all their relentless support and what I have experienced from the surrounding Morelli Scholarship community; I now have reached a newfound rejuvenation from connections made with the Morelli family that has inspired me this upcoming year to be a campus student representative, guiding students with learning challenges whom are new to college, to share the same optimistic guidance I’ve received from the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Community since day one. "
Jay McDonald
Jay McDonald
Blanding, UT
2017, 2019  "This award will make it possible for me to finish my HVAC certification. I have completed read more...
one year; but with this award I will be able to finish my second year. Receiving this award also gives me the motivation and confidence that I can go to school and get a certification and be successful. "
Albany Miller
Albany Miller
Park City, UT
2017, 2018  "Receiving this award gives me hope for the future being able to be seen as someone who has overcome challenges.”
Casandra Peterson
Casandra Peterson
Greenacres, WA
2017 "Joseph’s inspirational and relatable story reminded me that I am not alone in my own struggles with dyslexia. read more...
His story reminds me to press forward with a positive attitude in facing dyslexia when things are hard. It gives me great pride to be able to pursue a higher education in his name. With the help of this scholarship and the inspiration of his story, I will work hard to reach my goal of working in the medical field or becoming a bioengineer."
Sarah Randall
Sarah Randall
Dearborn, MI
2017, 2018, 2019 "This scholarship is special because it honors the life of a fellow dyslexic and read more...
is a reminder that while dyslexia presents challenges this scholarship is a wonderful gift that helps my follow my dreams and obtain a degree in Neuroscience."
Matthew Smolij
Matthew Smolij
Philadelphia, PA
2017 "I would personally like to thank the Morelli Family for the scholarship that I received. There are times that read more...
it’s hard for me to express what I truly would like to say, but for me and my family this scholarship means a lot. My mom can worry a little less about the expense of college and relax a bit more. Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to continue my education. I am truly indebted to your kindness.”"
Juan Suarez
Juan Suarez
Park City, UT
2017 "This is the next step for me in my life. It is time for me to look to the future and make my dreams come true with this help.”
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Collin Barker
North Easton, MA
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 "The support made available to me through the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship has read more...
allowed me to achieve at a level higher than most of my peers who don't have learning differences. I am deeply grateful for the chance to uphold Joseph's legacy by working hard and remaining committed to my personal goals for success. "
Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell
Manhattan, KS
2016 "The recognition of my work and accomplishments is reaffirming of my own abilities, but being honored read more...
by the Morelli family and other supporters of this scholarship to represent those like Joseph and myself is so much more than that. As a beneficiary of this scholarship, I am a part of something larger than myself. I am an advocate and I truly appreciate the spirit of solidarity and possibility that this scholarship embodies.”"
Andree Cruz
Andreea Cruz
Gonzales, TX
2016 "With this award, I can continue to expand my education with my disability. The Joseph James Morelli read more...
Scholarship Award has showed me that even with a learning disability, I can still accomplish my goals and dreams. It’s important to not give up on our goals, even if the challenges seem too big, or if others tell you that you won’t make it.”"
Jared Hunter
Jared Hunter
Holladay, UT
2016, 2018, 2019 "I want to thank everyone for the honor of receiving this scholarship award. This award is read more...
special to me because it gives me a better chance to experience what it’s like in the college learning environment. I have a big dream of being involved in the computer science/engineering field, because I am interested in computers and other electronic technology the world has today.”"
Layne Oliver
Layne Oliver
Bozeman, MT
2016, 2018 "This award is another opportunity to continue pursuing a college education despite the challenges associated read more...
with learning. More importantly though, news of this award came at a time when I was feeling discouraged about my classes; and it was the perfect reminder to press on. There are other people who have walked this road before me, who have overcome greater trials, and I am not alone. Thank you for this scholarship."
Brett Patterson
Brett Patterson
Scotrun, PA
2016 "With this generous assistance from the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund, I feel as if I have read more...
been extended a helping hand as I get set to embark on my journey of pursuing my dreams in the STEM field of computers and in facing the new learning challenges that await me in college. Thank you so much."
David Pugsley
David Pugsley
Holliday, UT
2016 "Success is different for each person. This award represents a turning point in my life where I realized I could read more...
do anything I want. I want to keep working even harder to reach my goals. I appreciate all of the people who have made this award possible and the encouragement to achieve my dreams.”"
Peyton Ravencraft
Peyton Ravencraft
Oklahoma City, OK
2016 "I hope to honor Joseph James Morelli and his family with my dedication to achieving my goal of becoming read more...
an engineer. This award means so much to me because I have struggled with dyslexia my entire life. I hope to bring awareness to students with dyslexia that they have God given strengths that will compensate for the difficulties they have encountered. Dyslexia does not have to hold you back. It can push you to greater heights than you would have found without it."
Lucas Widdowson
Lucas Widdowson
Salt Lake City, UT
2016 "This award is special to me because I can relate to Joseph and how if you want something you have to go for it. read more...
Even if you struggle, you can succeed. Being told you can’t do it only fuels the drive inside you. I hope and pray I will honor the memory of Joseph Morelli by continuing to overcome obstacles on the path to success as he did.”"
Lucas Eppler
Lucas Eppler
St. Paul, TX
2016 "In the line of success, this scholarship will help me pursue my dream of being a meteorologist, read more...
and one day change the view of disabled men and women."
Michael Tran
Michael Tran
Salt Lake City, UT
2015 "Thank you for changing my destination in life and my whole philosophy. You are my “call to action;” read more...
every journey starts with an event thatchanges the protagonist’s daily life and calls him to action. You are that something, that event in my life that changed me. I’m expressing that you are the key reason why I feel like I’ve achieved something while everyone else around me looked down on me. I can be proud of something; a college scholarship!”"
Lupita Garcia
Lupita Garcia
Park City, UT
2015 “Dear Morelli family, I will always be thankful for the door this scholarship has opened for me. I appreciate the read more...
sacrifice you all have made to make this scholarship possible for students like me. I hope this scholarship will continue for future students to help them get started in college. Once again, thank you for this opportunity. Sincerely, Lupita Garcia”