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ESU Scholarship Renamed to Honor Dr. Laurence Morse, Luard Scholar and Benefactor

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ESU Chair Patricia Schroeder and Laurence C. Morse

In recognition of the leadership and support of Laurence C. Morse, PhD, the English-Speaking Union has renamed the Lucy Dalbiac Luard Scholarship as the Luard Morse Scholarship.  While a student at Howard University, Dr. Morse won the 1971-72 Luard Scholar to attend the London School of Economics.

Dr. Morse's support and dedication to the ESU, serving on its National Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009 and as Chair of the ESU Luard Scholarship Committee since 2006, has guided and financially sustained the ESU Luard Scholarship for many years.  Dr. Morse is a Co-founder and a Managing Partner of Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.

The English-Speaking Union is committed to the promotion of scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of the English language.  Since 1969, the ESU has provided 71 Luard scholarships to highly talented sophomore students attending United Negro College Fund member institutions and Howard and Hampton Universities to study in the United Kingdom.  These merit awards open to sophomore students pursuing a four-year degree in any major field of study, providing tuition, room, board, book allowance and travel expenses for study abroad at an English university.

As Dr. Morse describes the Scholarship, "The English-Speaking Union of the United States received a gift in honor of Lucy Dalbiac Luard with the stipulation that it be used for a scholarship in her name that would enable Americans to study in England.  The year was 1968," Dr. Morse recalled.  'it was against a backdrop of public discord and civil unrest that the Board of the English-Speaking Union, in a most expansive and inclusive interpretation of its mission to create global understanding through English, by the stroke of its pen brought onto the playing field in a most magnificent way the segment of the American undergraduate student population for whom opportunities to study abroad were exceedingly rare, if not non-existent."

Information on the ESU Luard Morse Scholarship is available at: 

http://www.esuus.org/esu/programs/luard_scholarships.

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