Jessica Larche Washington

From Scholarship Recipient to Scholarship Donor

In Memory of Her Grandmother

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars is proud to announce the Joyce Marsalis Morris Memorial Scholarship on what would have been the educator's 90th birthday, December 10th.  The memorial scholarship, provided by her family, is a one-time $500 award for a Jefferson Parish high school senior attending an HBCU.

Morris was a celebrated math teacher in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, a fierce champion for higher education at historically Black colleges and universities, and a devoted mother and grandmother. Her remarkable life ended due to complications from dementia on March 13, 2020 at 89 years old, but her legacy will live forever.  

Morris taught math for several decades at West Jefferson High School.  She spent the later part of her teaching career at John Ehret High School before retiring in the late 1990s.  Morris was a proud alumna of Southern University, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in education at the historically Black university. Her children and grandchildren went on to earn their education from HBCUs as well. 

"Grandma Joyce chartered a path for excellence, and showed our family anything was possible," said one of her grandchildren, Jessica Larché Washington. Washington was a 2003 Jefferson Dollars for Scholars recipient, and the 2003 Valedictorian of West Jefferson High School. Jessica graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University, a prestigious HBCU. She is now an Emmy award-winning news anchor at the CBS News affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia. 

"Our entire family is forever grateful to the rock of our family, and we are committed to ensuring her legacy lives on for generations through this memorial scholarship," said Washington.   

Our thanks, Jessica, to you and your family for this full circle gift! 


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Scholarships for Class of 2023

When you apply to Jefferson Dollars for Scholars through our one free online application, you can indicate which of these awards you are interested in receiving.  After completing all parts of the application, you must click SUBMIT it so we receive it.  Changes to awards may occur at any time and will be posted when they become available.  


2023 Corporate & Privately Funded Scholarships

 Corporate and Privately Funded scholarships are usually worth $500.00 per year for a total 4-year value of $2,000.00.


ATMOS Energy Scholarships

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Scholarships

Capital One Bank Scholarships

Cox Communications Scholarships

Entergy Corporation Scholarships

Bruce J. Heim Foundation Scholarships

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars Scholarships

Sun Kim, Kee Lee Family Scholarships

Joyce Marsalis Morris Scholarships

Metairie Bank & Trust Scholarships

Metairie Pontchartrain Lions Club Scholarships

New Orleans Central City Lions Club Scholarships

Henry and Pat Shane Scholarships


College/University Scholarships


Delgado Community College

Will be posted when confirmed.


Dillard University

 $500.00 from Jefferson Dollars for Scholars and $500.00 from Dillard each year.

Total 4-year value $4,000.00


LA Tech University

 $2,600.00 per year from LA Tech plus $500.00 Jefferson Dollars for Scholars match.

Total 4-year value $12,400.00


Loyola University  

 $1,000.00 from Loyola and $500.00 from Jefferson Dollars for Scholars per year.

Total 4-year value $6,000.00


Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University will offer

 Academic Honor Scholarships   ACT 27, 3.8 GPA

 Academic Honor Scholarships   ACT 24, 3.0 GPA

 Academic Honor Scholarships   ACT 23 or lower, 3.0 GPA

Additional $250.00 per year from Jefferson Dollars for Scholars


Northwestern State University

 Presidential Honors Awards  

$500.00 per year from Northwestern

Total 4-year value $2,000.00 (ACT 23, 3.25 GPA)


Southeastern Louisiana University

  Southeastern Scholarship for $1000.00 per year for 4 years, with

$500.00 per year match from Jefferson Dollars for Scholars.

Total 4-year value $4,000.00


Southern University and A&M College (SUBR)

$1000.00 per semester for Honors College students selected for award

Total 4-year value $8,000.00


University of Holy Cross College

  $1,000.00 per year for 4 years.

Total 4-year value $4,000.00


University of Louisiana at Lafayette  

Additional $500.00 per year from ULL

Total 4-year value $2,000.00


University of New Orleans

 5 Jefferson Premier Scholarships for $1000.00 first year,

in addition to UNO awards.

Followed by continuing student scholarship eligibility for remaining years.


Xavier University of Louisiana  

 To be determined.