LA MIRADA, CA (05/13/2014)(readMedia)-- Biola University junior Steven Morrow was awarded the Biola University President's Scholarship - a full tuition scholarship - for the 2014-2015 year on May 12, 2014.
"This year's President's Award recipient is a student who embodies Biola's mission, vision and values," said Biola President Barry H. Corey during the chapel service where Morrow was surprised with the award. "This student is a dedicated servant, scholar and a person of excellent character."
"We couldn't be prouder to recognize you in this way," said Corey to Morrow, a sociology major.
The President's Scholarship award is given to one student each year who has achieved a 3.6 GPA or higher, attended Biola for at least two years, has a Christ-like testimony and is involved in campus leadership. Student nominations are sent to the Student Development department where a committee selects a student to nominate to the president.
"[Morrow] is a student who exemplifies Biola's mission to equip men and women to impact the world for Christ. He shares his personal struggles so that others might be encouraged and has a tremendous gift of communicating in front of others," said Corey.
Morrow was completely surprised by the award and that the university flew his mom Jane Morrow from northern California to be present for the award presentation.
"It [the scholarship] means so much to my family, especially my mom," Morrow said. "This scholarship lifts a huge burden from her shoulders, and it really honors my dad's memory. The last thing he wanted my mom, sisters, and I to worry about was paying for education, and now we don't have to."
Morrow has served in chapel programs for the past two years, specifically leading the university's AfterDark chapels on Wednesday nights. In the midst of a difficult season following the recent passing of his father, Morrow has put others first and quietly served this campus in profound ways.
"I would really just like to thank Chapel Programs," said Morrow. "They gave me a place to belong and a second family that has stuck with me through really difficult times at Biola. When I thought I didn't have a place here at Biola or even in God's family, they showed me otherwise."