JUNE 2016

Local educator’s legacy continues with SJR State scholarship

scholarship recipients

Palatka High School graduate Taylor Seitz was recently presented a $1,000 scholarship to attend St. Johns River State College, where she will ultimately pursue a degree in education. The Connie J. Morris Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the veteran educator who succumbed to cancer in 2013.
The Scholarship is awarded annually to a Palatka High School graduate who plans to study education at SJR State. 

Seitz said she is grateful for the scholarship, which will help cultivate her passion for education and children as well as her own fervor for learning. “I absolutely love children,” Seitz said. “And I feel like a lot of times within the education system, especially with younger kids, you need that role model and you need a strong teacher. I feel like I could be that teacher.”

The SJR State Foundation offers numerous scholarships, funded by the contributions of businesses, non-profit entities, and individuals, to students who meet the criteria established by the scholarship donors.


Richard Morris, widower of Palatka High School veteran educator Connie Morris, and student Taylor Seitz officially meet on the SJR State campus. Seitz is the 2016 recipient of the Connie J. Morris Memorial Scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in early childhood education.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020