WEST ORANGE, NJ – A scholarship to honor Cadet Christopher Morgan has been announced by the West Orange Scholarship Fund (WOSF), along with a challenge grant to raise funds for a permanent endowment.

The WOSF is the beneficiary of a West Orange Education Foundation (WOEF) challenge grant of $25,000. The WOEF will match dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 any contribution received by the West Orange Scholarship Fund between now and Oct. 15, 2019.

In order to take maximum advantage of the Challenge Grant described below, the WOSF is encouraging all West Orange residents and alumni to contribute to this effort.

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Cadet Christopher “CJ” Morgan, a graduate of the West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2015 and a standout member of the WOHS wresting team, was entering his senior year at West Point when he was killed in a training accident in June of 2019.

“More important than Chris' extraordinary accomplishments on the mat, he was someone that you could stand up in the front of the room and say, ‘This is who you need to emulate. This is who you need to be,’” said WOHS wrestling coach Stephan Zichella. “CJ just believed in the good in the world and everyone he encountered...and you saw it in everything that he did. CJ Morgan was a hero to so many people and an inspiration to all that knew him.”

WOHS Principal Hayden Moore added that Cadet Morgan was “a special student; one that had a great impact on our building."

“He was a positive force that motivated us all to be the very best. I am proud to be a Mountaineer alongside Chris,” he said.

To participate in the challenge grant, checks can be made payable to the West Orange Scholarship Fund (note “CJ Morgan” in the memo field), and mail to:

West Orange Scholarship Fund
c/o Jim Quinn
23 Witte Place
West Orange, NJ 07052

Electronic contributions can be made by clicking here, or visiting the Fund’s webpage on the West Orange Schools website: https://www.woboe.org/scholarshipfund and clicking on the special CJ Morgan donation button. Please note “CJ Morgan” in the Special Instructions section.