The Sue A. Morgan Nursing Scholarship was recently established through the Haywood Community College Foundation. Cynthia Bowen, Rosemary Hooper and Vaughn Hooper donated funds for the scholarship in memory of Sue Morgan. Morgan was employed by Haywood County Hospital for almost 20 years and Haywood Community College for 15 years. Throughout her career, Morgan touched many lives in Haywood County and the region.

At the hospital, Morgan served as head nurse for the medical floor and house supervisor. She was part of the orientation team responsible for the transfer of patients from the old Haywood County Hospital to its new location. She also helped open the first coronary care unit in Western North Carolina.

At HCC, Morgan was an integral part of the nursing program where she helped form the Region A Consortium and was nursing director. Throughout her time at the College, she helped over 500 nursing students graduate.

According to Bowen, “Sue realized that there was a nursing shortage when she came to HCC. An expensive program to run, she decided that a consortium between the three local community colleges would help offset the cost.”

Originally from Florida, Morgan visited Haywood County with a college friend and decided to move here. While in Florida, Morgan worked at the University of Miami. She was part of the team who performed the first open-heart surgery at that facility. She was also one of the first nurses to learn electrocardiograms and transmit them to a major medical center. 

Morgan’s nursing career started at a very early age. The oldest of three daughters born to two hearing impaired parents, she served as translator for them from the age of three. Morgan received a full scholarship from her father’s boss to study nursing at the University of Miami.

“Sue loved HCC and learning,” Bowen explains. “She would be so pleased with this scholarship. This is an opportunity to make this a better community.” 

For more information on the Sue A. Morgan Nursing Scholarship or how to support the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544, visit or email