The presentation of the Morgan Cope "For the Love of Music" scholarship to Kiana Burt by Morgan's father Chuck Cope
Morgan Karlee Cope arrived in this world unexpectedly. She was small, frail, and weighed only two pounds nine ounces arriving ten weeks before she was expected. Morgan was small but powerful and she brightened our world for a brief 20 years, leaving us as unexpectedly as she arrived.
From the time Morgan was a little girl she had a deep love of music and began to sing at an early age. She had confidence and enjoyed making people smile through music. Morgan began singing with the Tacoma Youth Chorus, acting and singing Missoula Children's Theater and being a part of “The Adams Family” musical at WSU. Morgan shared her gift of music and her passion for life with all of those around her.
2021 Morgan Cope "For the Love of Music" Scholarship recipient
Kiana Burt is 22 years old and a native to Shoreline, Washington. She is the youngest of seven children in a loving family in her second year at Washington State University after three years at Shoreline Community College. She chose to attend WSU because of the countless different career interests she has, all of which WSU accommodates. Impressed with the staff at the WSU School of Music for their kindness and knowledge, Kiana began focusing on receiving her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance.
Kiana has been singing her whole life and has made choir a centerpiece of her life since she was six years old. She is currently writing an SATB choral arrangement to “Someday” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, that hope will premiere at one of the choir concerts. In addition to obtaining her degree at WSU, Kiana hopes to either take some prerequisites for Nursing School or obtain her master’s degree in the same field. After WSU, she plans to put her music pursuits on hold and pursue a career in Midwifery either through Seattle University or Bastyr University.
Morgan had a Servant's Heart and a strong faith in God. She found the good in everyone and made it a point to reach out to those overlooked or mistreated. She lived her life as He commanded "Love Him with all your heart, mind and soul and to love others as yourself". She was involved in church youth ministries, plays & programs, missions to Mexico, volunteering for Fright Factory in Buckley, and volunteering in the nursery at the church she attended. Morgan knew what it meant to love Jesus and to love others as Jesus commanded us to do.
Thoroughly enjoying her school years, Morgan played volleyball, softball, ran track/cross-country, and was very active in choir, drama, FFA and AVID. She graduated in June of 2014 from White River High School and continued on to attend Washington State University, following in her family’s footsteps, where she took music classes and her general university requirements. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the WSU Choir and was loved by her teachers and classmates alike.
The Morgan Cope "For the Love of Music" scholarship fund also supports the Tacoma Youth Choir
Morgan was called to heaven on November 22nd, 2015 in a head-on car collision while on her way home from college for Thanksgiving. Far too soon for all of us who loved her! We grieve because we miss her dearly. We miss our little star that brightened our night sky through her voice, laughter, smile and beautiful spirit. We know she is home with Jesus, her grandfathers and all those that loved her and have left this world.
Morgan’s life may have been short, but she lived it well and left such a beautiful legacy. Until we see you again Morgan, we love and miss you!