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Hutcherson receives Jerry Gore African-American Heritage Scholarship

Startus “Starr” Hutcherson IIThe Morehead State University Foundation, in partnership with the African-American Alumni Group, has announced the first award recipient of the Jerry Gore African-American Heritage Scholarship. Startus “Starr” Hutcherson II of Fairhope, Alabama, has been selected as the 2018-19 scholarship recipient.  

Hutcherson is a sophomore studying pre-veterinarian sciences and is a member of the Morehead State University football team, where he plays defensive back and serves as team captain. When he’s not in the classroom or on the field, Hutcherson spends his free time volunteering for a variety of service organizations, including MSU’s Build-a-Bed initiative, Athletes in Action and as a peer mentor for freshman football players. He plans to continue his education after receiving his degree from MSU by pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He said the scholarship will help him accomplish his education at Morehead State University. 

“[This] scholarship will help take the pressure off my parents, for paying for my education,” he said.

The scholarship was established by members of the African-American Alumni Affinity Group and is named in honor of MSU Alumnus Jerry Gore (76), a three-time MSU graduate who spent 27 years as a University employee. Gore retired as the minority student affairs director and has been recognized for his outstanding service to African-American heritage and impact at MSU. A total of $32,000 has been raised to create an endowment to benefit scholarship recipients.  

To make a gift to the Jerry Gore African-American Heritage Scholarship, visit

For more information on the scholarship, contact MSU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033, email or visit