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Wayne Lyman Morse

Wayne Lyman Morse is celebrated for his legacies of independent judgment and integrity throughout his public service as a renowned federal labor arbitrator and four-term United States Senator from Oregon. He led the University of Oregon’s School of Law for 14 years, where he was the nation’s youngest law school dean at the time of his appointment…

…The causes that Wayne Morse spoke about so eloquently continue to dominate our national debate. His words and vision provide ongoing inspiration for all who seek to carry on his commitment to public service, integrity, world peace and the rule of law.

Read more about Morse in our biography by clicking on this PDF link (22 pages/325k).

2016 Scholarship Recipient

This October, the sixth Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Shianne Walker of Eugene. Shianne attended Lane Community College, transferring to the University of Oregon this fall.

A member of the Klamath Tribe, Shianne plans to become a social worker and potentially work with her tribe. At LCC, she co-chaired the Native American Student Association (NASA), which has championed Chinook Wawa, a language used from the Rocky Mountains west as a trade language.

Raised in Eastern Oregon, Shianne found it impossible to consider college due to her family’s economic situation. In her scholarship essay, she spoke of the importance of expanding educational opportunities for marginalized students. The WMHPC congratulates Shianne in her commitment to improving educational opportunity.

In Her Words:

“Wayne Morse championed education legislation because he saw the United States was lacking in educational opportunities for all citizens. He knew that by creating those opportunities for individuals it would serve to make the nation stronger…

“I am committed to advocating for greater educational opportunities in my own community. People of color continue to be underrepresented in higher education and, as a Native American, this is an area of my focus. From personal experience, I know that higher education can be daunting and isolating for those who don’t feel they have a voice in the dominant society. Upon the successful completion of my education, I plan on finding a position where I can help other marginalized students reach their educational goals…

“Wayne Morse was a principled man whose example continues to inspire Oregonians. His vision of an educated and caring populace aligns with my personal aspirations for our country. I will honor that vision by using my educational opportunities to support those who also wish to rise above their circumstances.” — Shianne Walker

Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship Program

The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation established the Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship in 2011 to annually recognize and help support an Oregon student who has demonstrated or may be inspired by the Senator’s legacy of public service, integrity, strong principles and independence. Approximately 1,000 students each year have applied for the scholarship since its inception. We’re working to build an endowment for this $1,000 scholarship, ensuring its availability in coming years to deserving Oregon students.

Donors can help in two tax deductible ways:  (1) Making a direct contribution for the Legacy Scholarship.  (2) Purchasing a granite paver at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at the Lane County Courthouse in Eugene.  A 4-inch by 8-inch brick-sized engraved paver costs $250; a 4-inch by 15-inch paver costs $500; a 15-inch by 13-inch paver costs $750 and a 23-inch by 15-inch paver costs $1000.  All proceeds but the engraving costs go to the Legacy Scholarship fund.  Limited quantities of each size are available.

Non-paver contributions can be sent to Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation, 595 Crest Drive, Eugene, Oregon 97405, ATTN: Legacy Scholarship. For further details about pavers, contact us at integrity.award@gmail.com or (541) 682-5380.

Read more about the program on our scholarship page.

The Wayne Morse Family Farm

Formerly a working cattle and horse farm, Edgewood Farm was the home of Oregon United States Senator Wayne Morse and his family from 1936 to 1974. It is currently a 26 acre multi-use City of Eugene Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and farm are also supported, in interpretive and preservation efforts, by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation. For additional history about the Farm and the Morse family home check our National Register page. Information about the Park including rentals of the picnic shelter and the house which are administered by the City of Eugene is available on our Park page.

Finding Wayne Morse in Eugene

Use our guide, “On the Trail of the Tiger,” to discover Wayne Morse sites in Eugene by downloading this PDF (2 legal size 8.5×14 pages/550k). All offer opportunities to learn about a remarkable Oregonian and to reflect on his legacies.

Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

Plan a visit to The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at the Lane County Courthouse at East 8th Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene.  It honors Senator Morse, whose career epitomized for supporters and opponents alike political integrity and courage, and provides a location for thoughtful civic discourse. There amid the pavers and plaques highlighting Morse contemporaries and events in his lifetime one also can gain a wealth of wisdom in the quotations and lessons in 20th Century American history and politics.

To read more about the Plaza and its history, click here.