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Meet Our Donors

We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
 

Thomas Raymond Curtis

jpg: curtisWhile annual gifts provide the margin of excellence for University programs day-to-day, planned or deferred gifts provide a base of security for future generations of students. In 1997, an unassuming teacher of 30 years from Flat Gap decided to do an extraordinary thing. Thomas Raymond Curtis lived modestly and worked passionately in Johnson County, Ky. When he passed away, he left the largest bequest in the Foundation’s history, $1.3 million, to fund the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship. In 1999, the first Curtis Scholar, Brandy Castle, received a full tuition scholarship to pursue her teaching degree. Since that time, the Curtis Scholarship has been the incentive for many other students to achieve their dream of becoming teachers.
 


Lucille and Paul Little

jpg: Little The MSU Foundation is fortunate to have thousands of contributors who support an array of academic programs and many special events and activities. Among them are several individuals who have made a permanent imprint on the history of the Foundation.

Lucille Caudill Little, a native of Morehead, was the first member of the theatre faculty at MSU. Later in life, her passion for the performing arts and the encouragement of her husband, W. Paul Little, influenced her to become Kentucky’s most dynamic and visionary patron of the arts. In 1994, Mrs. Little The MSU Foundation is fortunate to have thousands of contributors who support an array of academic programs and many special events and activities. Among them are several individuals who have made a permanent imprint on the history of the Foundation. Lucille Caudill Little, a native of Morehead, was the first member of the theatre faculty at MSU. Later in life, her passion for the performing arts and the encouragement of her husband, W. Paul Little, influenced her to become Kentucky’s most dynamic and visionary patron of the arts. In 1994, Mrs. Little funded a $1 million endowment to support the visual and performing arts, the largest gift in the University’s history at that time. She provided another $200,000 to erect the Paul and Lucille Little Bell Tower in her husband’s memory.

In 2004, MSU received a $1 million grant from the W. Paul and Lucille Little Foundation, created upon Mrs. Little’s death, to establish an endowed chair in theatre and to advance the creative arts in the public schools.
 


Visionary Society Donor Spotlights

James Bell
Mary Logan Gilmer
Virginia Harpham 

 

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