Morristown High School alumni can apply for ‘Myles Smiled on You Award’

Now through Oct. 31, Morristown High School graduates can apply for a secondary education loan reduction award created in memory of 2013 MHS graduate Myles Mislavsky.

The “Myles Smiled on You Award” was initiated four years ago to reduce the burden of MHS alumni needing to repay college or trade school student loans, the Morris Educational Foundation said.

Since inception four years ago, 32 recipients each received a $5,000 Myles Smiles on You Award for student loan debt reduction.

To be considered, Morristown High School alumni must have graduated from a two- or four-year college, university or trade school and must meet the application requirements. In November, at least five awards of $5,000 each will be presented to alumni. Special consideration will be given to graduates of Myles’ Class of 2013.

In addition to demonstrating secondary education debt burden, the award application requires one essay of 500 words or less addressing the following topics: How did you or are you dealing with challenging mental, physical health or other situations; describe how you have demonstrated empathy toward others; and what do you do to help your family/community; accompanied by a letter of recommendation.

Compassionate, beloved and giving are all words often used to describe Myles Mislavsky. Known for his bright personality and remarkable smile, his family — Hector, Judy and Jessie Mislavsky — are keeping his spirit, commitment and smile alive through this award for secondary education loan reduction.

The award is for deserving MHS alumni who exemplify Myles’ many positive characteristics and who have outstanding college or trade school debt.

It is funded by Myles’ family, friends and the Golden Bagel Runners, and administered by the MEF, a nonprofit organization enhancing excellence in education in the Morris School District for over 30 years.

Darren Prado, MHS Class of 2013, a 2022 award recipient, friend and classmate of Myles, wrote upon receiving the award: “Having been awarded this scholarship is a humbling and emotional experience. Myles has positively impacted so many individuals in his short, yet inspiring life. It is my constant mission to empower others and give back to the community in the same way that he did. This award helps alleviate the stress associated with the financial burdens of college loans and allows for me to refocus my heart and mind on helping others. Thank you so much for ‘smiling’ on me, Myles.”

“Myles embodied kindness, community and positivity. The MEF is honored to administer the Myles Smiled on You Award on behalf of the Mislavsky/Martinez family and is grateful to the many donors who honor his legacy by contributing to this award,” Molly Servais, Morris Educational Foundation scholarship chair and member of the Morris Educational Foundation board of trustees, said.