We are very proud to announce that STM senior Morgan Kallay has received a National Honor Society (NHS) scholarship. This award is given to NHS members who have made a difference in their communities through academic success, citizenship, leadership, and character. Kallay, who serves as the STM NHS chapter president, was one of 375 national semifinalists to earn this scholarship out of a pool of 4,000 applicants. Earlier this year, Kallay earned the Kohl Excellence Scholarship, honoring both her pursuit of academic excellence and her leadership in the community. She will be attending Marquette University to study nursing in the fall.
“I want to leave college not just as a nurse, but as someone capable of advocating for my patients effectively and compassionately. I see nursing not just as a science, but as an art, and I hope that my college education allows me to master that art in the best way possible.”
Kallay has been extremely involved in extracurriculars throughout her four years at STM. In addition to the National Honor Society, Kallay is a member of Rho Kappa Honor Society, Campus Ministry, Music Ministry, Strong and Courageous Service Club, Ambassadors, basketball, and is a peer tutor for English and physics.
“Morgan is very deserving of this scholarship. She has been a pleasure to have as president of National Honor Society because of her tireless work ethic. She is consistently seeking opportunities to discover more than what the minimum requirements call for,” said NHS faculty advisor and Social Sciences Department Chair Kevin Gleeson. “Therein lays Morgan’s strength as a leader, and offers a glimpse into one of the many reasons why I am certain of her future success. Morgan’s influences on her community and her school have been profound, and will continue to flourish long after she leaves St. Thomas More. Her work ethic, preparation, and execution exhibit a limitless potential as she continues on to college.”
The NHS scholarship required proof of extensive service work, high academic excellence, a description of college and career goals, and an essay about the four pillars of NHS – Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. “I could not have made it through the college scholarship application process, or been successful, without the help of the positive environment of STM,” Kallay said. “The willingness of teachers, guidance counselors, and members of administration to provide me with as much help as I needed throughout the process was inspiring, and it helped to make the scholarship application process easier and much more manageable.”