For the love of music Memorial Scholarship
Morgan Karlee Cope arrived in this world unexpectedly. She was small, frail, and weighed only two pounds nine ounces. Her fighting spirit lead every breath until at just 20 years old she left this world just as unexpectedly as she arrived.
Morgan's nickname was "Sisu", a Finnish term meaning "strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity". It is not moments of courage, but the ability to sustain that courage and Morgan embodied "Sisu"!
A deep love of music inspired Morgan to begin singing at an early age. She had confidence and the thrill to make people smile. This inherited passion from her mother and grandfather led her to singing with the Tacoma Youth Chorus, acting with the traveling Missoula Children's Theater and being a part of The Adams Family musical at WSU. Morgan shared her gift and passion for life with all of those around her.
Morgan had a Servant's Heart and a strong faith in God. She found the good in everyone and made it a point to reach out to those overlooked. She lived her life as He commanded "Love Him with all your heart, mind and soul and to love others as yourself". Her faith grew attending the Lutheran Church with her parents and grandparents and Calvary Community Church. She was involved in church youth ministries, plays & programs, missions to Mexico with Youth With A Mission, volunteering for Freight Factory in Buckley, and volunteering in the nursery at Resonate Church where she attended with her family. Morgan knew what it meant to follow Jesus and she truly loved the Lord.
Thoroughly enjoying her school years, Morgan played volleyball, softball, ran track/cross-country, and was very active in choir, drama, FFA and AVID. She graduated in June of 2014 from White River High School and continued on to attend Washington State University where she took music classes and her general university requirements. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the WSU Choir and was frequently a mentor to new or other students struggling to get adjusted. She was loved and honored by her teachers and classmates alike.
Morgan was called to heaven on November 22nd, 2015 in a head-on car collision while on her way home from college for Thanksgiving. Far too soon for all of us who loved her! We grieve because we miss her dearly. We miss our bright star blessing us with her voice, laughter, smile and beautiful spirit. We know she is home with Jesus and her grandfathers. Her life may have been short, but she lived it well.
Until we see you again Sisu, we love and miss you!
Congratulations to Katherine “Katie” Berndt, the first recipient of the Morgan Cope “For the Love of Music Scholarship” at WSU. Katie is a Vocal Major and an inspiring young lady.
Thank you to Dr. Luethi and Tom Fitzgerald at WSU for all your help in arranging for the presentation.
We presented Morgan’s second “For the Love of Music” Scholarship to the Tacoma Youth Chorus on Tuesday night. Morgan sang in the TYC for many years and loved every minute of it. She also grew tremendously as a musician under Mrs. Herrington’s direction and encouragement. I want to thank Mrs. Herrington - Founder and Artistic Director, Martha Leonhardt- Executive Director and Tim Haueisen - President of the TYC Board of Directors in arranging for the presentation. Thank you to Steve Koleszar and Raise for Rowyn for all your support with the scholarships and fund raising. Finally thank you to my wife, family and friends for your love and support in helping bring this way to honor Morgan to life. Her life revolved around music and I can’t think of a better way to keep her memory alive. Thank you.