Congratulations to the 2022 Leadership in Moral Courage Bobcat Award and Academic Scholarship Recipient, Milo Morris

Congratulations to the 2022 Leadership in Moral Courage Bobcat Award and Academic Scholarship Recipient, Milo Morris

We are thrilled to announce that the recipient of the 2022 Leadership in Moral Courage Bobcat Award and $1,000 Academic Scholarship is Milo Morris.

Thanks to the generosity of two amazing donors, the Leadership in Moral Courage Award will be given annually to a deserving student.

Moral courage is the fortitude to take actions for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. It is a trait often developed through personal hardships and challenges, it is driven by the empathy and compassion to see injustice or pain in others and is motivated to end it. Moral Courage is not just the recognition of a moral challenge and choosing how to act morally but following through to create change. Moral courage does not have to change the world. Sometimes the greatest acts change the world for just one person.

The recipient of this Award, through acts of selflessness and courage, has demonstrated a commitment to personal and organizational values at a testing point.

From the Nominators:

Milo Morris has consistently pushed for what is safest and best for the most people. This past summer, when Milo returned to campus, they shared their concerns with multiple administrators regarding the lifting of the mask mandates in the USG and the required return to in-person instruction. At the time, Covid was spiking again in the southeast, and their concerns for their personal safety and the safety of others were pervasive for many university administrators, faculty, and students.

Milo penned an open letter that was published in GC 360 and outlined, what they felt, were mishandlings in the university's response to the pandemic. The letter respectfully disagreed with how leadership had handled Covid. They were speaking for those ignored or forgotten in the pandemic. Milo spoke for cancer survivors, organ transplant recipients, immunocompromised, and those battling autoimmune diseases managed with immunosuppressing medications.

It is important that students share their voices in all situations at an institution of higher learning. Milo stood to lose a great deal by sharing their thoughts. It is difficult to speak out in moments where so many voices are saying the same thing, and nothing is happening. Milo found a way to not only speak out but amplify their voice in an appropriate and effective way at their own expense. All Milo sought to gain was helping others, something we need more of in this world.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. Please know nominations are accepted year-round and the nomination form can be found at: https://app.smartsheet.com/sheets/RmfvrC63rHGXvFGG57PcwCgX28jJqCPf5HFWMXQ1?view=grid

Updated: 2022-04-20
Caroline Attaway
caroline.attaway@gcsu.edu
(478) 445-1186
University Advancement