In April of 2007, Boise State University established a memorial scholarship in honor of Bradley Morse, a senior majoring in computer science who was found fatally shot earlier that month on the grounds of the Idaho Parks and Recreation Department where he worked as a part-time custodian.
Computer Science Faculty quickly began a scholarship drive in his honor by making pledges totaling more than $7,000 and became the Bradley Morse Memorial Computer Science Endowed Scholarship.
“Brad was a very good student, I considered him to be pretty much a model student. We hope the scholarship recipient will take the time to find out a little about him and celebrate being the beneficiary of a scholarship in his honor,” said John Griffin, the chair of the Department of Computer Science at the time.
Boise State University President Bob Kustra issued a statement reading, in part, “As a senior computer science major, Bradley was an excellent student, making the Dean’s List three times [by earning at least a 3.5 grade point average]. As a campus community, we are shocked at this senseless act and the loss of such a fine young man to his family, his friends and our community.” The next month, Boise State awarded a Bachelor of Science degree posthumously to Morse at the May 12, 2007 commencement ceremony at Taco Bell Arena.
A standout student, Eagle Scout, and former LDS missionary, Morse was described by his professors at Boise State as an academically talented and dedicated student who would have had a very bright future in his chosen field of computer science. While this future was not realized, his potential lives on through this memorial scholarship offered each year to an undergraduate student majoring in computer science. Donations to the Brad Morse Memorial Computer Science Endowed Scholarship can be mailed to the Boise State University Foundation, 2225 W. University Drive, Boise, ID 83706.