Morris Foundation to Endow Kappa Sigma Scholarship
Originally published July 13, 2021 on Kappa Sigma.org
Nate Morris Scholarship-Leadership Award Will Benefit the Kappa Sigma Chapter at the University of Kentucky
[LEXINGTON, Ky.] The Lexington, Kentucky-based Morris Foundation is to endow an annual scholarship in the name of Morris Foundation founder and Kappa Sigma alum Nate Morris. The annual scholarship will be available to members of the Kappa Sigma Beta-Nu Chapter at the University of Kentucky.
“Being a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity was a life-altering opportunity for me,” said Morris Foundation founder Nate Morris. “I am proud to be able to present this gift on behalf of the Morris Foundation to University of Kentucky students looking to better themselves and do great things for America.”
The gift was presented to the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund, which will award the annual scholarship to one brother of the Beta-Nu Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Kentucky who meets the Endowment Fund’s criteria. The endowment will provide for the scholarship in perpetuity to a member of the Chapter who has distinguished himself in commitment to outstanding scholarship and who has been a leader in his Chapter or on the University of Kentucky Campus. The award will be known as the Nate Morris Scholarship-Leadership Award.
“This gift creates a scholarship that will be presented to a student who will reflect Nate’s attributes of being an outstanding student, a leader and have a strong commitment to help his fellow man. We are so thankful for Nate’s generosity,” said Kappa Sigma Executive Director Mitchell B. Wilson. He further stated that Morris would interact with the Kentucky Chapter as a volunteer leader. “What a tremendous opportunity it will be for those young men to interact with such an outstanding entrepreneur and philanthropist,” said Wilson.
The Morris Foundation promotes the cherished American value that a better life is possible to those who seek it, investing in causes that provide opportunities for self-advancement, with an emphasis on youth leadership development, the alleviation of rural poverty, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and access to higher education in Kentucky.
Nate Morris is the founder of Lexington, Kentucky-based Morris Industries, and its signature asset, Rubicon, a widely acclaimed software company focused on waste and recycling. Morris, a ninth-generation Kentuckian born in Lexington and raised by a single mother in a union household, attended public schools and was the first Kentuckian to be named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and to be recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also the youngest inductee ever to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Morris is a senior advisor to the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Security, a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a member of the Trilateral Commission. Morris was named a Fulbright Specialist Scholar.