Morristown High graduates can apply for ‘Myles Smiled’ college grants until October 31

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From the Morris Educational Foundation:

MORRIS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS
FOR THE MYLES SMILED ON YOU AWARD IN MEMORY OF MYLES MISLAVSKY

Morristown High School alumni can apply until Sunday, October 31
for the reduction of loans for secondary education

To ease the burden on Morristown High School (MHS) alumni repaying college or trade school student loans, the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF), online applications announced today are open for the Myles smiled at you.

Until Monday, October 31, 2022, Morristown High School graduates can apply for the High School Loan Reduction Award created in memory of the 2013 MHS graduate, Myles Mislavsky.

Compassionate, loved and generous are all words often used to describe Myles Mislavsky. Known for his bright personality and remarkable smile, his family – Hector Mislavsky, Judy Martinez and Jessie Mislavsky — keep her spirit, commitment, and smile alive with this Secondary Education Loan Reduction Award.

The award is given to deserving MHS alumni who exemplify the many positive characteristics of Myles and who have outstanding college or trade school debt. It is funded by Myles’ family, friends and the Golden Bagel Runners, and administered by MEF, a non-profit organization that has been improving educational excellence in the Morris School District for 30 years.

“The MEF is honored to administer the Myles Smiled on You Award on behalf of the Mislavsky/Martinez family,” said Molly Servais, Chair of the Morris Educational Foundation Scholarship and member of the Morris Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

“Myles was a very special person who embodied kindness, community and positivity. He continues to inspire others through his legacy today. We are grateful to the many donors who honor Myles by contributing to this award.

Brandon Drayton, 2021 award recipient and classmate of Myles, had this to say in response to receiving the award.

“To have been a friend of Myles to now receive a scholarship in his name is truly such a humbling experience. There are no words to describe the uncertainty of this past year, but I am grateful. I will continue to strive for the excellence of Myles and the Mislavsky family by spreading good energy and positivity. Everyone fights some type of battle, it’s important for us to be as empathetic as possible. I am exceptionally honored to receive this award and to continue Myles’ legacy.

To be considered for this award, Morristown High School alumni must have graduated from a two- or four-year college, university, or trade school and must meet the application requirements. In November 2022, eight prizes of up to $5,000 will be given to alumni. Special consideration will be given to graduating class of 2013 from Myles.

In addition to demonstrating the burden of high school debt, the scholarship application requires an essay of 500 words or less addressing the following topics: How have you or are you coping with difficult mental, physical health situations or others; Describe how you showed empathy towards others; and What are you doing to help your family/community, along with a letter of recommendation.

It is the hope of the Mislavsky/Martinez family that with this financial reward, Myles will “smile” on Morristown High School alumni, just as he did during his incredible life. Since its inception three years ago, 23 recipients have each received a $5,000 Myles Smiles on You award for student debt reduction.

For more information on the Myles Smiled on You Award and to access the online application, Click here.

About the Morris Educational Foundation

The Morris Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to attract private resources to support a variety of educational programs and initiatives in support of the Morris School District. Through the effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation enables the district to continue to be the model of visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception.

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