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Edith Welch Morgan Creative Writing Scholarship

Edith Welch Morgan was born February 2, 1915 in Gooding, Idaho, to John Shaw and Eulalia Sorensen Welch. She attended Utah State University and majored in English, with a minor in speech and business. During her university career she was editor of the literary magazine, Scribble, participated in plays and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society. Edith married her husband, Floyd T. Morgan, September 3, 1935, in Logan Utah.

After living in San Francisco during World War II while Floyd served in the armed forces, Edith returned to Logan with her husband and began a 30 year career as a member of the editorial staff for The Herald Journal, where she served as society editor, food editor and feature editor. Subjects of her feature writing consider an Edith Morgan piece a treasure.

Edith was a member of the Fine Arts Club, the Clio Club, and Allied Arts Club, and joint founder (with her husband) of the Valley Players, a community theater group that occasionally performed at a local elementary school. Edith loved helping her husband, who was involved with the USU Theatre Department for 47 years. Working side by side they staged hundreds of USU theatre productions, painted scenery, and threw cast parties after the productions. The Morgan Theater, located in the Fine Arts Building on USU campus, is named after Edith and her husband Floyd.

In 1992, Edith was awarded the Women Over 65 Achievement Award by USU's Women's Center. She also received the Friends of Humanities Arts and Science award from USU's College of Humanities. Edith enjoyed cooking, gardening, and was an avid reader. She loved attending theater productions wherever she and Floyd traveled. Friends said she was a very remarkable lady who was good at everything she did. The Edith Welch Morgan Creative Writing Scholarship is awarded to one of the undergraduate or graduate winners of the annual USU Creative Writing Contest.