When Alicia Morris graduates in May, her commencement will mark the end of a nine-year quest for a college degree. The 33-year-old social work major, originally from Moline, Illinois, has been taking classes since 2004 with the hope of becoming a community organizer serving impoverished areas.
Alicia Morris attended a SDSU Alumni Association board meeting to personally thank alumni for her $3,000 Alumni Association scholarship. “I’ve chosen that focus because I prefer doing hands-on, grass roots work,” she said. “I’m passionate about the community and I love working at a large level.”
Morris is one of three SDSU students selected last semester to receive scholarships from the SDSU Alumni Association. She stopped by the February 21 Alumni Association board of directors meeting with a basket of granola bars to offer thanks for her $3,000 award.
“The gratitude is immense,” said Morris, who told board members she intends to become a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and to someday help fund scholarships for SDSU students. For years she worked full time, taking night classes and studying during lunch breaks and on weekends, only recently quitting her job to complete her degree after getting accepted at SDSU.
“It’s been a long time – a loooong time,” Morris said. “I moved here when I was 21. I had $200 in my pocket and I had one friend. I went nine months without a car. I carpooled, got my job and then all I wanted to do was get into the university.
“I would drive by San Diego State and think, ‘Wow, I wonder what it’s like to be there?’ When I got that acceptance letter that I could transfer in, oh, my God! I tear up now just thinking about it because it’s so important.”
Alicia will graduate May 17th with her BSW and will begin her MSW program this summer at SDSU.