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New scholarship established for mental health direct practice students

Pansy Morton, of Raleigh, has made a gift of $100,000 to endow a scholarship at the UNC School of Social Work.

The scholarship honors her late husband, who passed away in 1996. Preference shall be given to students who are interested in direct practice with clients with mental illness. Recipients of the award will be known as Hugh MacRae Morton, Jr. Scholars. The first award is anticipated to be allocated in 2013 for a rising final-year student.

Hugh Morton, a ’70 UNC alumnus, was a member of the School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors and worked closely with Dean John Turner, Jack Tate, and Charles Kuralt in raising money to build the Tate-Turner-Kuralt building. He owned a video production firm and did a lot of work for nonprofits.

“Hugh believed wholeheartedly in the School of Social Work’s purpose,” said Pansy Morton. “It was important to him. It seems appropriate to me to honor his memory in this way.”

Mrs. Morton recently retired as a Spanish teacher from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. She took her husband’s place as a member of the School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors, where she continues to serve.