Abigale Morris is driven to succeed.
She admits the best part of her golf game is putting, but she has distinguished herself as a championship golfer who is looking for a career that combines her love of sports, media and video production.
Morris is a recipient of a scholarship as part of a partnership between the MARCH Foundation scholarship and the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association’s (BDSA) that helps minority students achieve success in business and golf.
“It’s meant so much to me,” Morris says, “This is the school of my dreams so in a way that the foundation’s help is literally helping me achieve my dreams and without the financial strain on my parents.”
Myron Williams, a MARCH Foundation board member, is thrilled that the organization is investing in such talented students. “Investing in these students isn’t just about easing their financial burden, it’s about igniting the minds that will shape our future,” Williams says. “At the MARCH Foundation, we believe every dream deserves a runway, and we’re proud to equip these talented students with the wings to soar.”
As a sophomore majoring in cinematography and film/video production at Biola University in Los Angeles, she competes on the school’s golf team. Since high school, she has played in tournaments around the country. Morris has played with such prominent golfers as the legendary golfer Phil Mickelson and others such as Steve Jones, Steve Stricker, Dylan Frittelli and Cameron Champ.
Morris acknowledges that she doesn’t see many other people of color in the golf tournaments she plays. Research shows that only 9% of the professional golfers are Black and overall, roughly 24 million recreational golfers in the United States, only 3 percent are Black, and a mere four Black men have held PGA Tour status. She’s been an active member of First Tee, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding golf to more diverse communities.
Outside of golf, Morris has honed her video production skills. In high school, she led a team that produced a promotional video for the Litchfield Park Future City project, a major development in a community just outside Phoenix, Ariz. She also worked on numerous other multimedia projects that caught the attention of her teachers.
“Abbie was part of the very first graduating class in Canyon View High School history,” says Jeffrey Seeker, one of her high school teachers. “She set the bar very high both academically and athletically and she is an outstanding young woman of great character. I was very fortunate to be her teacher.”
Cory Beal, another one of her former teachers, said Morris became the face and voice of the brand-new high school campus. He says he is thrilled that Morris has received the Bill Dickey/MARCH Foundation scholarship. “It’s a wise investment,” Beal says, “because… it’s not going to be a stagnant investment. She’ll be proud of representing [you], but at the same time, I got a feeling she will be your ambassador.”