Janis Morrow Scholarship

Janis Morrow

4 April 1958—23 July 2001


Janis Morrow was, before anything else, a mom. She came to PKIDs because her son, Billy, has HCV and she wanted to be sure she was gathering all the resources she could to fight this disease in her son.

Janis also had HCV. By the time we met her, she was no longer able to work. She rarely spoke of herself, always talked instead of Billy when we called. Janis helped everyone she met, including those of us at PKIDs. She worked with us when she was able to and brought her heart, her patience and her knowledge of HCV with her.

She was our friend.

In her memory, we have started a scholarship fund for children living with HBV, HCV or HIV whose parents are unable to fully provide for their education due to their own illness with one of these diseases.

For more information, please contact our office (877-55-PKIDS).

Janis's son, Billy, read the following at her memorial service...


My mom is more than a mom, she is my very best friend. I love her with my whole heart. She suffered for so long and never gave in.

From when she got me back, she showed me unconditional love every day, and may have touched some of your hearts also. She is everything to me and she still is as she is in heaven now.

She promised that she would never lose me again and she is still with me everyday and won't break her promise.

She loves all of you...

As much as I miss her, I'm glad she's not suffering anymore. I love her.


If you have no need of this fund but would like to contribute to it, please give our office a call. Janis would be pleased.

Our best to all of you,
Trish Parnell


Our intent is simple: to maintain a scholarship fund for children whose parent(s) have been disabled by or died from hepatitis B, hepatitis C or AIDS. These children, who may or may not be infected themselves, have lost the earning power parents traditionally provide to their families. Those children who are infected need, even more than others, to get an education that will enable them to work with their minds, because their bodies might not tolerate manual labor.

There are over six million people in the U.S. chronically ill with one of these diseases, and the population is growing. They are spread all over the country, living in isolated hamlets and bustling cities, on farms and in condos. At PKIDs, we talk every day to families affected by and infected with these diseases which are cutting a wide swath through American families, leaving them debilitated and their future uncertain.

All scholarships provided to approved applicants will be considered gifts. Those in need may apply for assistance by providing the following information:

  1. Name (parent(s) and child)

  2. Address

  3. Phone number

  4. Copy of most recent tax returns for household members

  5. Copies of pay stubs going back six months from time of application from all employed members of the household related or unrelated to the child

  6. Letter explaining amounts and sources of income, other than those indicated by pay stubs, for all members of the household

  7. Child’s or parent's infectious disease physician’s letter stating nature and status of disease, if applicable

  8. Physician's letter stating nature and status of parent's disease

  9. Letter of acceptance from the college, university, or trade school child will be attending, and explanation of all fees and tuitions, along with copies of any other financial assistance received for schooling

  10. List of expenses for the household including copies of bills (utility, phone, charge accounts, etc.)

  11. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are unrelated to the child and not members of the household

Please provide three (3) copies of the application materials. The board will review each application and vote on each applicant’s request. There will be no limitations or restrictions on the class of an individual who may be an eligible scholarship recipient.

Please mail application materials to:

P.O. Box 5666
Vancouver, WA 98668

PKIDs will pay vendors directly. In the rare instances where this is not practical, PKIDs will reimburse the applicants for receipts they provide, or PKIDs will contact a third party residing in the vicinity of the applicant to administer the funds, with all receipts being sent to PKIDs. Approved applicants will be required to sign an agreement indicating that they will reimburse PKIDs for any funds provided by PKIDs which are not spent in the pre-approved fashion.

In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.

Harold S. Kushner