Insight: Spring 2008

Spring 2008

Karen Morse Scholarship Honors Single Moms

As a single parent, attending school full time has been challenging in many ways. This scholarship has taken a great deal of the financial burden off my shoulders, so I can focus more easily on studies, my son, and serving the community. Kristin Smallwood UW Bothell Student

When Karen Morse was a straight-A student at Auburn High School in the 1960s, she once earned a rare grade of "B" for turning in a paper that was 100 pages long-because it was far more than the assignment required. Later, as a single mother raising two sons and attending community college, Morse somehow found time to write poetry and family history, make crafts, and pursue hobbies in art and photography. She also volunteered extensively in her community, teaching English as a second language to adults, teaching disabled adults to snow ski, delivering food to people in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and more. Until her death in 2000, Morse continued giving tirelessly of herself to her family and the community.

Morse's sons, Rick and David Cantu, have created the Karen Morse Scholarship at UW Bothell to honor her legacy. The Cantu brothers are co-founders of Redmond's Redapt Systems, Inc., a computer hardware, software and peripheral provider recognized by HispanicBusiness. com in 2001 as Washington State's largest Hispanic-owned business. The Karen Morse scholarship provides full tuition assistance to a single mother attending UW Bothell who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership, commitment to community service, and who exemplifies UW Bothell's strong commitment to encouraging nontraditional students.

Kristin Smallwood Kristin Smallwood

Kristin Smallwood is the first recipient of the Karen Morse Scholarship. Kristin is a student in UW Bothell's Teacher Certification Program, carries a 4.0 GPA, and is a single mother of a special-needs son.

Smallwood says, "It is such a great honor and blessing to me to be the recipient of the Karen Morse Scholarship. As a single parent, attending school full time has been challenging in many ways. This scholarship has taken a great deal of the financial burden off my shoulders, so I can focus more easily on studies, my son, and serving the community. I am so grateful to the Cantu brothers for their generosity."

To learn how you can give a gift of opportunity for UW Bothell students, visit www.uwb.edu/support.