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TLF 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient Elijah Morris
My name is Elijah Morris and I am currently a 3rd year student at The University of Georgia where I am pursuing my degree in Business Marketing. I wanted to get my degree in Marketing because I’ve discovered that I want to be the person behind the perception of a company. Marketing and branding is the first contact that a company has with potential customers and I’ve always wanted to be a part of the process that creates that interaction. 

I first heard about TLF through my school’s career center and I saw applying as a great opportunity to not only as financial resource, but also as a way to become better connected in the business world. Especially the minority leaders in business. I believe in TLF’s mission because I have seen and experienced the plight that many minorities in America have to overcome to accomplish to arrive where there are in their careers and the Lagrant Foundation has been extending opportunity for minority students for years. With this scholarship, I am now able to pay for my fall semester of classes without taking out my first loan. I have paid for each of my semesters of college out of my own pocket to avoid debt by working several jobs as I attend school full time. As I am taking classes this summer, I wouldn’t have enough money to pay for my 2020 fall semester. The Lagrant scholarship has made this possible for me.  

Once I earn my degree, I hope to work as a branding director to develop my professional skills before I eventually start my own business. I want to pursue these goals because I have seen examples of entrepreneurs not only create successful careers for themselves, but also bringing diversity and opportunity by providing a supportive work place. This is important to me because I want to not only make it for myself, but facilitate a work space that provides equal opportunity. I want to continue to stay involved with TLF because I want to perpetuate the work of diversity and opportunity there are helping to create. 

I would like to thank ALL of my past employers for investing in my future career by teaching and mentoring me. My church, Good Shepard PCA, has been a place of support and comfort for which I am very thankful.

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