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Conley receives Darling Memorial Scholarship

Conley-M.jpgThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced that Kendra Conley of Hager Hill was named a recipient of the Jackie Darling Memorial Scholarship.

Conley is the daughter of Wesley and Tammy Adams of Paintsville.

Conley is completing her baccalaureate degree in the computed tomography magnetic resonance program.  Having completed her associate degree nearly seven years ago, Conley had the opportunity to know the scholarship namesake, Jackie Darling, as a professor and mentor. 

“She guided and educated me and always encouraged her students to work hard and continue learning to better their lives. I believe she would be proud that I have returned to MSU to continue my education.  The scholarship lifted a burden off my educational journey, and I couldn’t be more appreciative,” said Conley. “This scholarship is making my goal a reality.”

The scholarship namesake, Jackie Darling, joined MSU’s Department of Imaging Sciences faculty in 1979 as an assistant professor before being promoted to associate professor. She completed doctoral courses at the University of Kentucky and received Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees from MSU.

 Darling was certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in radiography and mammography and was a recognized educator in radiologic technology at the national, state and local levels.

Darling had been faculty co-advisor to Sigma Alpha Chi and Chi Beta Gamma, student radiography clubs. A member of numerous committees, she served on the Governance, Tenure and Intercollegiate committees. She also served as a Faculty Senator.

Conley is following in her mentors footsteps by being actively involved with professional organizations including being nationally certified with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in Radiography and Computed Tomography and certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. 

Conley is an actively involved member at the Riceville New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church. When asked about her educational journey she said she often refers to her faith for motivation and quoted Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Recipients of the scholarship are full-time students who are admitted to one of the Imaging Sciences programs. This includes the associate degree radiologic science program and/or the baccalaureate imaging science programs.

Preference will be given to students in the associate degree program. Recipients should be identified as having financial need by MSU’s Office of Enrollment Services.

Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and the award amount may vary based on the available funds. The recipient will be selected by a committee. The scholarship is a one-time award.

Donations may be made to the MSU Foundation Inc., Jackie Darling Memorial Scholarship, Palmer Development House, Morehead, KY 40351.

Students interested in applying should contact the Department of Imaging Sciences at 606-783-2624 or Enrollment Services at 606-783-2000.

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