The Writer’s Block Ink, Morgan J. Penn Scholarship for Leadership in Social Change honors founding member, Morgan J. Penn, who passed away in 2011. Morgan was an eloquent poet who showed her passion for hip hop, social change and lifelong learning through her work as an artist, performer, student, and educator. As a senior at New London High School she, along with a small group of talented and passionate youth, inspired a community leader to establish the Writer’s Block. Morgan came up with the organization’s name and contributed her talent as an artist—dancer, writer, poet, rapper—and her passion as a youth leader. Morgan grew as the Writer’s Block grew, evolving from performer, to acting and writing Instructor, Assistant Director, Director and Assistant Producer—working on stage and behind the scenes. She helped the organization grow, leading hundreds of youth in the creation of several original productions over a nine year time span.
The Morgan J. Penn Scholarship for Leadership in Social Change is a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 that is awarded annually. The funds of The Morgan J. Penn Scholarship for Leadership in Social Change are to be used as payment assistance in any opportunity, activity and/or organization intended to further the recipient’s involvement in the fields of performing arts, youth leadership, education, or youth-focused entrepreneurial business ventures.