The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund supports high school and college students with learning challenges who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Fund is supported by a Scholarship Committee and an Advisory Committee.
The 2018 application deadline for the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund is 11:59pm MST on March 15, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be selected in April, with notification sent to all applicants by April 30.
Scholarships may be applied to tuition costs, needed resources, and/or testing costs, and range from $500 to $2,500.
Thank you to all our generous donors! Special thanks to the Promontory Foundation for their 2017 grant in support of the scholarship fund, and the Annual Thank You Event.
Congratulations to the 2017 Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Awardees
2016 Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Awardees
2015 Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Awardees
Michael Tran, East High School, Salt Lake City Lupita Garcia, Park City High School
Lupita Garcia writes, “Dear Morelli family, I will always be thankful for the door this scholarship has opened for me. I appreciate the 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”
Michael Tran writes, “Thank you for changing my destination in life and my whole philosophy. You are my “call to action;” every journey starts with an event that changes 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!”
Interested in exploring other scholarships? Check out the National Center for Learning Disabilities and their understood.org website.
Having trouble getting colleges to make necessary accommodations? Check out this article by Dr. Mike Brown, Professor School Psychology, East Carolina University.
Charlie Matthews, Joseph’s AP Physics Instructor, shared his thoughts about Joseph:
Kelly Blase came to my class two weeks into the school year, three years ago, with this down cast looking young man convincing both of us that he should enroll in AP Physics. Not a natural request from a special education teacher with a student who was in the midst of a very negative schooling experience and a school year well underway. Day one for Joe in physics began with him arriving half an hour after the 6:45 AM lab class had started. Apologetic, he took a seat front row with students peering at this stranger with his floppy long hair. Project one became how to get to class on time. Joe’s alternative look and manner contrasted the generally conservative academic appearance of the other students. Early on, he asked more about my wall-mounted pictures of family camping trips and dirt bikes than physics. Within a month, still unable to respond to his alarm clock, he would stay after class with maps for me to help him plan dirt bike trips with his Dad. It happened soon before Christmas, where he received one of the top scores in class. Conversations morphed into questions arising from thoughts he was having about how the world works. One day mid winter he wanted to know what engineering was all about. His top score on the AP Physics exam, his excellent performance as a mechanical engineering major at Montana State University and the joyful, humble, inquisitive confidence that he developed, began with Kelly’s thoughtful embrace.
Joe Morelli’s persona went to his soul as an open book that invited and drew those around him into his world. The constant eye contact as he listened to those who spoke was but one indicator of the passion and compassion he had for people. A great analytical mind combined with that heart would have distinguished him as an engineer. We mourn a loss as we celebrate a life that can hopefully rub off at least a little bit on us all.