Idaho GOP establishes Dedra Morris memorial scholarship, service Friday

The Idaho Republican Party has established the Dedra A. Morris Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of the 22-year-old party worker who died Sunday in an auto accident.

The scholarship will be awarded annually “to a deserving candidate who demonstrates the essence of Dedra and her passion for life,” according to a news release.

Morris, the first person in her family to graduate college, earned a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in 2012. She was president of the College Republicans at BSU and began working for the state party in 2010. When she died, Morris was the party’s administrative assistant.

The GOP is asking that in lieu of flowers people contribute to the scholarship by sending checks to the Idaho Republican Party, c/o Dedra A. Morris Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 2267, Boise, ID 83701.

The Boise service for Morris will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Crystal Ballroom on the second floor of the Hoff Building, at 8th and Bannock streets.

Morris’ family also will hold a memorial western barbeque on May 11 in her hometown of Yerrington, Nev. To RSVP or make lodging arrangements, call Pat at (775) 316-0018 or Brenda at (775) 316-1255.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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