In 2012, Rena Morton established the Sarah Elizabeth Morton “Teach In Person” Scholarship in memory of her daughter. A 1999 graduate of Person High School, Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from UNC Wilmington in 2003 and six years later received her National Board Certification as well as her master’s degree from East Carolina University. She taught eighth grade social studies at Southern Middle School for six years, advised the student council and yearbook staff, led the National Junior Honor Society, and coordinated the eighth grade spring dance.
In May 2010 at age 28, Sarah lost her battle to ovarian cancer. The endowment, along with monies donated by Person County Schools’ employees, offers scholarships to graduating PHS seniors majoring in education. Applicants are evaluated based on academic standing, character, leadership among peers, service in the community, and preparation for a career in educating students in the public schools of Person County. Sarah always went above and beyond the call of duty. She was a true leader and a role-model for our community, especially our youth.