MHS Scholarship

The Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation was recently established to honor the lives of two very special young women who spent the majority of their lives in this community.  Emily graduated from MHS in 2000, and Lauren graduated in 2003.  They each had an enthusiasm for life, and their friends described them as having the biggest hearts imaginable.
The scholarship in their memory was established to reflect Emily and Lauren's appreciation of 
persons who possess integrity, kindness, and a desire to make the world a better place.
Due to the generosity of online donors who contributed funds in honor of Emily and Lauren's birthdays, the LEFF is able to increase the size of the 2015 scholarship to $2,000.  Thank you!
Help us continue this yearly scholarship by donating in celebration of Emily & Lauren's birthdays! Yes, I'd like to donate!



Morristown High School held its second virtual Senior Awards Ceremony on June 8, 2021. We were able to celebrate Emily Williamson as the Foundation’s 9th Scholarship recipient with a $3,000 special recognition award for an exceptional graduating senior. Emily demonstrates the qualities for which the scholarship is established which include integrity, acts of kindness and friendship that positively contributes to the school and community. Emily will be an asset to Bucknell University, which she will be attending this fall. We wish her he very best!


We are proud to announce the newest recipient of the LEFF scholarship at Morristown High School. Miss Anne Merritt stood out as the one who best exemplified integrity, kindness, and the importance of friendship. We wish her the very best as she makes plans to attend Northeastern University. Congratulations, Anne!


We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of our 2019 Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship is Tommy Hebert.

Tommy is a terrific young man who started volunteering in the community well before high school. He is a talented musician and a serious science student, and he intends to study both fields at Providence College. Tommy is admired for his empathy and his compassion to others, and we could not be more pleased with the selection. We wish Tommy and his supportive parents the very best!


Presenting the 2018 recipient of the Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship: Karla Escobar!

Our scholarship is intended to honor a graduating senior who demonstrates "integrity, kindness, and a desire to make the world a better place." Karla is a terrific young woman who is already making a difference in her community. We couldn't be more pleased to help support her in the pursuit of an Elementary Education degree at Rutgers. Congratulations to Karla and her family!



We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of our 2017 Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship is Laura Boysen.

Laura is an energetic, extremely likeable young woman who will soon graduate from Morristown High School to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. She has been a very involved volunteer for several years, and we couldn't be more proud to award her this scholarship. Congratulations, Laura!


The LEFF is proud to announce our 2016 Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship recipient, Justin Sontupe. Justin is a terrific, well-respected young man who will soon be graduating from Morristown High School. He truly exhibits the integrity, kindness and strength of character we are looking for in a candidate, and we wish him the very best at Rutgers!




Congrats to Casey O'Brian, our 2015 scholarship recipient! Casey was selected from several inspiring applications and was awarded this scholarship at the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 31st, 2015. Casey is a wonderful young woman who will be heading to Florida Southern College, majoring in graphic design and business.  She has been described as being "totally dependable, highly motivated, always smiling, sensitive to others, and one who goes above and beyond what is expected."
We are very pleased to award the third Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship of $2000
to Casey, best of luck in Florida!


Our 2014 recipient is Mary Kate Effner, a terrific young woman who has volunteered in her church, at school, and in the community.  In fact, she helped put up posters around town for our May 12 event and was one of the high school volunteers that evening.  Her plans after graduation include attending college in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh!  
We are very pleased to award the second Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship of $1000
to Mary Kate Effner!


Described as a "kind and hard-working student with a multitude of talents," this person has been a 
volunteer in many capacities.  From church activities, to work as a junior firefighter, work at the 
Interfaith Food Pantry, and as a Peer Group Connection Leader, this young person is quick to lend
a hand whenever and wherever needed.
In addition, the student has maintained good grades while running his own landscaping business.
We are very pleased to award the first Lauren and Emily Failla Foundation Scholarship of $1000
to Matthew Karr!