Greater Iowa announces scholarship program in memory of Warren Morrow
March 1, 2012 (Ames, IA)— Greater Iowa Credit Union has created a new scholarship program for Latino high school students to honor the memory of a Des Moines man who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for Latinos in Iowa and nationally.
The Warren Morrow Latino Educational Scholarships will be awarded to three Iowa Latino High School students each fall at the Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines. The $500 awards will recognize a high school senior from a first or second-generation Latino family that lives within the Greater Iowa field of membership.
Morrow, CEO and founder of Coopera Consulting, died unexpectedly at the age of 34 in February. He and his staff worked side-by-side with Greater Iowa to develop products, services and events to provide Latinos access to quality financial services.
“We were among Warren’s first clients in Iowa,” said Michael Adams, vice president of marketing at Greater Iowa. “He helped us create the program we needed to attract and retain Latino members. But we considered him a friend, too. Then again, everyone who knew Warren considered him a friend. He was an incredible person.”
The Greater Iowa corporate giving committee saw in the naming of their Latino scholarship program an opportunity to honor Morrow’s legacy as a humanitarian, community leader and businessman, one who saw as his mission in life the economic enfranchisement of the Latino community here in Iowa and throughout the nation.
Morrow was born in Mexico City, raised in Arizona and attended Grinnell College before founding the company that was to become Coopera Consulting.
Scholarship criteria include demonstrating a strong record of community involvement, academic excellence and a 500-word or more essay on how the student plans to use his or her education. Applications for the scholarship are available on Greater Iowa’s Web site at www.greateriowacu.org, on the corporate philanthropy page under the About Us tab. Greater Iowa staff will also work with the schools to identify worthy students.
Greater Iowa Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution with more than 28,000 members and assets of more than $279 million. Greater Iowa has six branches in Ames, Des Moines, West Des Moines and Denison. For more information, visit www.greateriowacu.org.