Morgan Healy is a recipient of the 2020 award of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The award of a full-cost scholarship will enable her to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. Cambridge offers approximately 25 of their 80 full-cost scholarships to U.S. students. Applicants are judged on four criteria—outstanding intellectual ability, reasons for choice of course, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and leadership potential.
Morgan is a graduate of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College.
- "I feel so honored to have won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship," said Healy, who will seek a Ph.D. in Education. "I'm most grateful for this opportunity because with it, I plan to amplify the voices of those whom our global society has overlooked and forgotten, and spotlight the fact that we are failing to uphold the basic human rights of our youngest and most vulnerable children.
- "Globally, over 40 percent of children in developing countries do not reach their full developmental potential, due in a large part to parents' inability to receive the support and quality care to which they are entitled. I hope that the play-based parenting intervention I design for my dissertation will serve as one of many tools to bring attention to this issue, amplify parent voices, and improve early childhood outcomes, ensuring that all children have a fair shot in life. “
She earned a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2019. Following her graduation, she spent two months working with Cradle to K, the Baton Rouge mayor’s signature education initiative dedicated to strengthening the culture of parenting in that city. As a post-graduate fellow, she joined the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Sao Paulo where she focused on two early education leadership and education research dissemination. She had been a 2018 Fulbright Scholar in Belo Horizonte, where she taught at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She also conducted research about Brazilian parenting beliefs, and contributed to the city’s common core curriculum assessment.
Morgan is from Los Altos Hills, California, and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.