Three members of the Theta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the University of Texas at Tyler have been named recipients of a national scholarship. The David D. Morgan “Extra Mile” National Scholars Program recognizes students who not only apply themselves in the classroom but also in life by going the “extra mile” in all they do.
Jacob Van Der Schans, Shane Conway, and John David McPhail are among 74 recipients selected among the organization’s 11,000 undergraduate members from more than 170 chapters across the country. More than $64,750 was given in grants to students this Fall alone.
Established in the fall of 2014, the David D. Morgan “Extra Mile” National Scholars Program is funded by and named for Beta Omicron (Northwestern State University) alumnus, David D. Morgan, Sr. An entrepreneur, insurance executive, and leader within his industry and fraternity, Morgan has spent a considerable portion of his life helping others to be successful. Whether offering insurance products to association members across the country, providing them with a greater piece of mind, or through his volunteer work with several Pi Kappa Phi chapters, his demonstrated commitment to helping people is a trademark of his personality. The lessons Morgan learned growing up in Louisiana (including hard work, industriousness, and self-determination) are at the heart of this scholarship program.
Overall, this scholarship seeks to recognize academic performance by Pi Kappa Phi’s undergraduate members while also encouraging active and sustained involvement within students’ chapters, campuses, and surrounding communities. At the core of the David D. Morgan “Extra Mile” National Scholars Program is the attitude that if you work hard, apply your talents, and simply go the “extra mile” in all you do, you will find success in life.
Van Der Schans was also a Fall 2014 recipient of the scholarship. He is a senior Business Management major from Frisco, Texas. Van Der Schans is currently the UT Tyler Student Government Association Vice-President, secretary of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and plays on the UT Tyler Men’s Tennis team.
Conway is a senior Marketing major from McKinney, Texas. He currently serves the Theta Pi Chapter as Warden.
McPhail is a senior Nursing major from Yazoo City, Mississippi and serves the Theta Pi Chapter as chief justice of the Standards Board.