Waller Family Endowed Scholarship for May Term International Travel

International May Term Travel in 2020

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

After a transformational May Term trip to Japan in 2018 with Morningside College, Rich and Karleen Waller established the Waller Family Endowed Scholarship for May Term International Travel to ensure future students have the opportunity to experience international travel. 


This scholarship will be awarded annually to full-time, undergraduate, academically-qualified students who are Pell grant eligible and plan to participate in a May Term course traveling outside of the United States.  Scholarship recipients will receive a maximum grant of $2,500 and cannot exceed the total cost of the trip.
Applications will be considered based on the quality of your essay. That essay should include an overview of why you want to study abroad, what you hope to learn, why you chose the program and location, and plans for financing your participation.   
Selection will be made by a committee consisting of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Director of Student Financial Planning, and one additional staff member. The online application process will open on March 1, 2019.  Completed forms are due April 30, 2019.  Scholarships will be awarded on May 15, 2019, for travel in 2020.
Learn more about May Term opportunities here.



About Rich and Karleen Waller

Rich and Karleen Waller have served the Siouxland community for over 45 years.  Their focus has been on leading charitable and not-for-profit organizations like Morningside College, United Way of Siouxland, Crittenton Center, UnityPoint-St. Luke’s, Goodwill Industries, and the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

Rich is a longtime banking executive.  His professional career stretches over 44 years with Security National Bank (SNB) and he served approximately half of that time as the organization’s President and CEO. Under his leadership, the bank’s assets grew from $300 million to over $1 billion.  Rich currently serves on the Morningside College Board of Directors. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Morningside in recognition of his many years of service on the College’s Board of Directors, as well as his active participation in many Sioux City area nonprofit, community and civic organizations.

Karleen had an 18-year career in education. She spent three years teaching in Waterloo, Iowa, before spending the next 15 years in Sioux City teaching exploratory classes at Woodrow Wilson Middle School and language arts classes at East High School.  During her tenure, she also served as the cheerleading and senior class adviser, a school improvement facilitator and member of the school's STAT team. Karleen received the Excellence in Education Award from Masonic Lodge 615 in 2001 and was nominated for 2004 Teacher of the Year honors.

Rich and Karleen are the parents of two sons, Scott and Brian, and they have five grandchildren they enjoy spending time with.