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Ring named TRiO academic bridge coordinator

Shayla-Mug.jpgMorehead State University’s Upward Bound programs have named Shayla Ring as TRiO academic bridge coordinator.

Ring, a native of Morehead, is a graduate of Morehead State University and a former Upward Bound student. This fall, Ring plans to begin her master's degree in adult and higher education at MSU.

She is a 2018 recipient of the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel TRiO Achievers Award.

As an active member of the community, Ring is a member of the Morehead First Baptist Church, philanthropy chair for the Morehead Young Professionals Association, publicity coordinator for the Cave Run Storytelling Festival and is currently in the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy. She also is a member of the Morehead Theatre Guild, Morehead Woman's Club, Downtown Morehead, Inc. and serves on the board for SafePlace and Gateway Children's Advocacy Center. At MSU, she serves on Staff Congress and as the advisor for Ride MSU.

The Upward Bound Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and assist high school students in developing the academic skills and motivation necessary to succeed in post-secondary education. The programs currently serve 334 first generation and disadvantaged students at Bath, Boyd, East Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Harrison, Johnson, Lewis, Magoffin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan and West Carter high schools.

“The TRiO programs have been at Morehead State University for more than 50 years, that is a legacy that I was proud to be a part of as a student and will be diligent in preserving as an employee,” said Ring.

Ring will serve students at East Carter, West Carter and Magoffin County high schools.

For more information about the Upward Bound Programs contact, Amanda Lewis, director, at, call 606-783-2611 or visit