Chelsea Morgan, left, poses with Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark.
Chelsea Morgan of Palm Harbor is the recipient of the 2013 Jimmy Whitehouse Scholarship Award presented by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.
The FSASE awards one $1,200 scholarship each year, and this year’s scholarship is named in memory of a former Highlands County Supervisor of Elections.
Nominated by Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, Morgan is a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in Political Science. She was selected for her exceptional academic achievements, as well as her commitment to not only work toward her own educational and personal goals but to also help others along the way. Her leadership, positive attitude and passion for volunteering were among the qualities Clark recognized in Morgan.
The scholarship winner was announced at the FSASE Annual Conference in Marco Island, and Supervisor Clark later presented the check and commemorative certificate to Morgan at the Election Service Center in Largo.
“I commend Chelsea for her many accomplishments – especially her volunteer service with pediatric cancer patients and her work with bone marrow donor registration,” Clark said. “To register more than 1,800 people in the bone marrow database and to see the results of 10 life-saving matches is phenomenal.”
Morgan’s strong motivation for volunteering at Shands Hospital and working with pediatric cancer patients springs from her experience as a cancer survivor herself. These children have a special place in her heart.
“We are honored for Chelsea to represent Pinellas County and to be selected from among all 67 counties in Florida,” Clark said.
Scholarship applicants are required to be junior or senior students in a Florida college, registered to vote, and majoring in political science, public administration, business administration, journalism or mass communications.