William and Muriel Reynolds Moreland Scholarship Fund
The William and Muriel Reynolds Moreland Scholarship was established at The Pittsburgh Foundation to honor William H. Moreland and Muriel Reynolds Moreland in appreciation of their lifetime commitment to the citizens of the Borough of Dormont, Pennsylvania.
William & Muriel Moreland exemplify the quality traits of true professionalism and Americanism by being excellent role models who have given their love, time and hard work to make Dormont a quality community. They have demonstrated moral character traits including: integrity, courage, fortitude, honesty, loyalty, a strong work ethic and a continual willingness to charitably help others. Our great American way of life can only continue if our youth demonstrate these traits of true professionalism and become adults who give back by improving the quality of our communities, adding to the excellence of our schools and bringing virtue to our governing bodies. In honor of Bill and Muriel, the recipient of this annual postsecondary education scholarship award is to be chosen from the senior class of Keystone Oaks High School, Seton LaSalle, Bishop Canevin or any other accredited secondary educational program who is a legal U.S. Citizen residing in Dormont Borough demonstrating a continuing commitment to serving others as exemplified by their prior service and achievement in school, church and their community. Qualified applicants may use this scholarship toward any post secondary accredited program including university, college, art school, technical or vocational school regardless of financial need.
Background About William Moreland
William Moreland was born and raised in his family home on Latonia Avenue in Dormont and graduated from Dormont High School in February, 1942. After serving during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps, Bill attended Waynesburg University distinguishing himself as an outstanding student by being listed in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (1946-1947). Shortly after graduation, Bill founded Moreland Burial Vault Service in Washington, Pennsylvania. He later added Moreland Monuments which he operated until his death on May 21, 1996. His wife, Muriel, continued to operate the business until it celebrated its 50th anniversary. Moreland Burial Vault Company and Moreland Monuments remains a locally owned independent business. Always devoted to helping the youth of Dormont, Bill coached DABA Little League basesball teams and sponsored "Morelands", a team Muriel still sponsors. Bill was a member of the Dormont Community Day committee and for 47 years served in the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department until his death (1949-1996). He was an active member and former president of the Dormont Library Board. Bill was also a member of the Dormont American Legion Post, a former president of the Kiwanis Club in Washington, PA and a lifetime member of philanthropic organizations including the Masonic Blue Lodge and Syria Temple. Bill was elected borough Councilman in 1957 and served as its president until 1965 when he was elected mayor of Dormont, a position he held by reelection for 24 years.
Background About Muriel Reynolds Moreland
Muriel Reynolds Moreland is a lifelong resident of the borough. She graduated from Dormont High School and Waynesburg University and then went on to earn a Masters in Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After teaching language arts for 39 years in Dormont schools, she volunteered as a storyteller and creative writing instructor. In 1999, Muriel led the drive to preserve the history of the borough by establishing the Dormont Historical Society and its museum. She serves as its president and editor of its newsletter. Muriel was a 40 year member of Delta Kappa Gamma International honorary teachers society and is an active member of the Waynesburg University Alumni Council. In 2001 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of her exemplary professional service, volunteer accomplishments, and history of involvement with Waynesburg University.
Eligibility and Requirements:
In honor of William and Muriel Reynolds Moreland the recipient of this annual postsecondary education scholarship award is to be chosen from the senior class of Keystone Oaks High School, Seton LaSalle, Bishop Canevin or any other accredited secondary educational program. The applicant must be accepted to a post secondary educational program, be a legal U.S. Citizen and a resident of Dormont Borough who demonstrates a continuing commitment to serving others as exemplified by their prior service and achievement in school, church and their community. Qualified applicants may use this scholarship toward any post secondary accredited program including university, college, art school, technical or vocational school regardless of financial need. While academic achievements will be considered, a greater emphasis will be given to the applicant's essay and participation in activities involving service to others through their school, church and community.
Average Award $1,225
- Attend high school as a graduating senior.
- Reside in Dormont Borough, PA.
- Have demonstrated volunteer or community service related experience.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- Plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical trade school OR 2-or 4-year college or university.
How to Apply
- Complete the essay section of the application.
- Submit your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have not already received your SAR, you can do so by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Submit one letter of reference from a faculty member who can attest to your character and community service efforts.
- Submit your unofficial high school and/or college transcripts.
The Pittsburgh Foundation: Jennifer Marino - marinoj [at] pghfdn.org