NSU students named Extra Mile Scholars

Four Northwestern State University students were named Pi Kappa Phi Extra Mile Scholars during the 7th annual David D. Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship Banquet.
Four Northwestern State University students were named Pi Kappa Phi Extra Mile Scholars during the 7th annual David D. Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship Banquet. 

Recipients Zack Cockerham of Morgan City, Kolk Kays of Many, Kyler Halbert of Gonzales and Manton Capers of Wortham, Texas, were awarded $3,000 in scholarships at the event. 

The Extra Mile Scholarships are funded by and named for Morgan, a 1973 NSU graduate and alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi's Beta Omicron chapter at NSU.

Morgan created the program to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics, campus and chapter leadership, service and employment. 

Morgan is an entrepreneur, an insurance executive and a leader within his industry and his fraternity.  He created the scholarship program in 2008.  Since then, the program has furthered the academic pursuits of more than 40 students in awards upwards of $30,000.  It remains the only program of its kind among Pi Kappa Phi's 179 chapters.

Capers is a sophomore majoring in business, Cockerham is a sophomore majoring in history, Halbert is a sophomore majoring in business administration and Kays is a senior majoring in business administration.

The recipients are selected through a rigorous application process that awards points for campus and chapter leadership, grades, employment and a series of essay questions. 

The program seeks to recognize the effort and seriousness that a student displays in pursuit of academic excellence and their commitment to applying themselves in the classroom and in life outside the classroom by going the extra mile.

Cockerham credits leadership programs like the Extra Mile for inspiring him to define success for himself.

Cockerham said, "Each person has abilities and characteristics that are unique to them and success is taking these abilities and stretching them as far as they can go.  There is no universal meaning to the word success.  Instead it is something determined by each individual and is achieved when they have given their all and seized every day, utilizing every ability they possess."

Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, director of NSU's School of Business, delivered the event's keynote address. 

Kilcoyne has been at Northwestern State for 26 years as a member of the faculty and administrator.  Last year, she was named Louisiana's Technology Educator of the Year by Gov. Bobby Jindal.  Kilcoyne shared a list of life lessons that students will not hear in a classroom to help students along their journey and encouraged student leaders to help others be successful. 
Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter President Lane Luckie presented the scholarships on behalf of Morgan.

Luckie said, "David has helped launch the careers of countless NSU students and Pi Kappa Phi members. His story of humble beginnings is truly the American Dream.  I know he finds joy in helping others find success for themselves."

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