South Side High School’s Clopton, Smith earn Milton M. Morgan scholarships

| August 17, 2016
The family of the late Dr. Milton M. Morgan (from left) son-in-law Brian Maxey, wife Gwendolyn Morgan, daughter Lori Morgan and grandson Braylon Maxey with scholarship winner Kelsey Smith and Pastor Kenneth Christmon of Turner Chapel AME Church. (Not pictured: Scholarship winner Brianna Clopton, Dr. Morgan's daughter Janet Morgan and son-in-law Ernest Wilkerson.

The family of the late Dr. Milton M. Morgan (from left) son-in-law Brian Maxey, wife Gwendolyn Morgan, daughter Lori Morgan and grandson Braylon Maxey with scholarship winner Kelsey Smith and Pastor Kenneth Christmon of Turner Chapel AME Church. (Not pictured: Scholarship winner Brianna Clopton, Dr. Morgan’s daughter Janet Morgan and son-in-law Ernest Wilkerson.

Special to Frost Illustrated

Courtesy of the Milton M. Morgan Family

FORT WAYNE—On Sunday, August 14, Turner Chapel AME Church awarded the Milton M. Morgan, M.D. Scholarship to two area high school students—Brianna Clopton and Kelsey Smith.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Milton Morgan, a general surgeon, who practiced medicine in Fort Wayne for more than 40 years.

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, his parents sent him to Detroit during his early teen years to live with an older sister so that he could get a good education. He graduated from high school with honors and earned an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity scholarship in his senior year, which enabled him to attend college at Wayne State University. During his college years, he excelled in school academically, while working several jobs to save enough money to pay for his medical school tuition. He graduated from Wayne State University with honors and was accepted to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

After graduating from medical school, Morgan did an internship and residency at Homer G. PHillips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where he met and married his wife Gwendolyn. He and Gwendolyn moved to Fort Wayne,where, through hard work and diligence, Morgan was able to build a busy and successful medical practice. Also, soon after their arrival, the Morgans joined Turner Chapel AME Church, where  Dr. Morgan was a faithful member until his death in 2010.

Dr. Morgan never forgot the kindness extended to him by many adults in his life as he was growing up and, in particular, was always grateful and appreciative of the scholarship he had received from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He became a member of the fraternity after he and Gwendolyn moved to Fort Wayne. In his honor, Turner Chapel AME Church has established a scholarship fund and has awarded scholarships to several graduating his school seniors for five years.

This year’s recipients, Clopton and Smith, are both graduates of South Side High School. Clopton graduated from South Side High School with a 3.5 GPA. While in high school, she participated in many extracurricular activities including: Volleyball; cheerleading; track; Spanish Club; Key Club; Philo Club; Seattle Society; No Drugs No Alcohol; Spanish National Honor Society; Rotary International Student of the Month; Richard G. Lugar Ambassador; Class President; Youth For Christ, and International Baccalaureate Program. Clopton has been accepted to Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Smith graduated from South Side High School with a 4.41 GPA and participated in many extracurricular activities including: National Honor Society; Spanish National Honor Society; Key Club; Student Council; Varsity Soccer; Varsity Cheerleading; Varsity Gymnastics; Spanish Club; Seattle Society; Daily Announcements, and editor of the school newspaper. Smith plans to attend Indiana University and will pursue a career in biology.

Clopton and Smith each was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Milton Morgan, M.D. Scholarship Fund.

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