OVCF receives $600,000 D. W. Morse Scholarship Fund

APRIL 2023 


PORT ANGELES – A $600,000 scholarship fund benefiting Port Angeles High School students will now be administered locally after its recent transfer to the Olympic View Community Foundation in Sequim.

Bank of America transferred the assets of the D.W. Morse Family Scholarship Trust to the foundation in late March to be held in an endowed fund into perpetuity for scholarship awards to graduates of PAHS.

“We are so pleased to see OVCF administering the D.W. Morse Family Scholarship Fund,” said Mark Ozias, Olympic View Community Foundation President. “Housing these dollars here in our community helps ensure that Mr. Morse’s original intent – namely, to provide substantial support to Port Angeles-area students who wish to attend college – will be realized, ensuring full impact from his thoughtful generosity. This news underscores the value that the Olympic View Community Foundation provides us all.”

The transfer comes after Olympic View Community Foundation, Bank of America and the State Attorney General’s Office executed a nonjudicial agreement in Clallam County Superior Court in 2022.  The agreement terminated the trust and transferred the assets to Olympic View Community Foundation to be held in a permanent endowment fund devoted to upholding the trustor’s intent – providing substantial assistance to a few carefully selected students each year.

“On behalf of everyone at Port Angeles High School, we are delighted to work with the Olympic View Community Foundation as our students look ahead to their future endeavors” said PAHS Principal Tanner Zahrt.  “The D.W Morse Family Scholarship Fund was created to provide generous support for a select few highly-qualified students, and we feel honored to have OVCF aid in our students’ pathway to success. Our community is incredibly grateful for the generosity of the D.W. Morse family, and our students will feel the impact for years to come.”

The Scholarship Trust was established by Samuel Howard Morse in 1974, named after his father Davis Watterman Morse, who was born in 1863 when Port Angeles was a village on the beach. Eventually, he took part in every phase of the growth of the city.

In 1884 Morse, then 21, opened up the only mercantile in Port Angeles on the corner of Front and Laurel streets. In 1913 he built the first reinforced concrete building in Clallam County on the site of his old store building at Front and Laurel; this Morse building still stands today.  Morse also built and operated the Morse Dock at the site where the Black Ball Ferry now operates.  Morse Creek is named after D. W.  Morse’s father, an immigrant from Nova Scotia who settled in Port Angeles.


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