Ja’Mesha Morgan pictured with PESC Board Members Marvin Blum,
Pat & Emmitt Smith, CDF Founder, Marian Wright Edelman and Texas CDF ED, Beth Quill
Ja’Mesha Morgan – Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities named scholar for 2011
Ja’Mesha comes from a low-income, single-parent home where she watched her mother struggle to provide for her and her siblings. As a high school dropout, Ja’Mesha’s mother has only ever made minimum wage – barely enough to cover the family’s needs. After the downturn in the economy, Ja’Mesha’s mother lost her job, forcing Ja’Mesha and her brother to take on extra neighborhood jobs to help their mother with bills and other expenses. Ja’Mesha has felt that she missed out on opportunities as a child, being forced into adulthood at a young age. She has learned through personal hardship that furthering her education is the only way to create a better life for her own family. Ja’Mesha has excelled academically, achieving a 3.71 GPA and is ranked first in her class at South Oak Cliff High School. She also participates in National Honor Society, Academic Decathalon, Mock Trial, and a number of service organizations. Ja’Mesha will be the first in her family to attend college, and plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology. She wants to work as a social worker focusing on adoption and foster children. In the future, she would like to establish a non-profit mentoring program in her neighborhood.