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First class-organized memorial scholarship at Cummings School awarded

Members of the veterinary class of 1985 remember their classmate, Kenneth Morris, as the kind of outgoing, sociable person who brought them all together. At the time of their graduation, their veterinary class was just the third to graduate from the newly formed Tufts veterinary program. Upon Ken's untimely passing in 2004, members of the class set forth to pay tribute to their dear friend by organizing a scholarship in his name to support future Tufts veterinarians.

Three years later, with endowed funding secured by generous V85 class donations and others, Jaclyn Morency, V11, has been named the first recipient of the Kenneth C. Morris, V85 Memorial Scholarship. A native of West Falmouth, Mass., Jaclyn is from near the same area where Ken ran his small animal practice in Fall River. "It is an honor to be named the first recipient and I am deeply grateful to the alumni who are helping to support my Cummings education," offers Jaclyn, who has just begun the second semester of her first year among a class of 82 students.

On January 3, members of the Morris family and key alumni scholarship organizers had the opportunity to meet their first student beneficiary at a luncheon hosted on the North Grafton veterinary campus. Scholarship co-organizer, David Garlick, V85, said, "It was wonderful to meet Jaclyn as the first recipient of the Ken Morris Memorial Scholarship and it was very special to have Michelle and Kate Morris with us as well to meet her. The idea of doing something in Ken's memory first emerged among members of the class of V85 at our 20th reunion in September 2005. In just two short years, the first scholarship has been awarded, which is a wonderful legacy to leave in Ken's memory. I would like to say thank you to my V85 classmates, and to Morris family members and friends, as well as many of Ken's former clients who made generous donations to help establish this scholarship in such a short period of time."