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Dale awarded Sarah Blanton Memorial Scholarship

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the recipient of the Sarah Blanton Memorial Scholarship, a fund to benefit MSU students. The student receiving the award is Olivia Dale, an incoming freshman majoring in history and convergent media from Paintsville.   

Dale said she plans to use her education at MSU to work at a radio station and become a history professor.   

“Each day of high school I entered with one goal, to absorb as much information as possible to prepare myself for college and to be the best student I can be,” Dale said.  “Receiving this scholarship will help me pursue my education.” 

The scholarship’s namesake, Sarah Ashley Blanton (09), was a 2005 graduate of Paintsville Independent High School (PHS) and a graduate of MSU with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Blanton passed away in 2009. She was the daughter of Daryl E. and Valerie Blanton (83) of Oil Springs, and the family established this annual scholarship in her memory.  

 The recipient of the award must be a full-time student, who is a PHS graduate with a 3.5 GPA or above.  

“Our family is happy to be able to provide assistance for a Paintsville student going on the MSU to pursue their education,” said Valerie Blanton, an MSU alumna who attends the Paintsville High School Awards ceremony annually to present the scholarship. “We hope this scholarship encourages them to do their best in school and work hard to achieve their goals.”  

For more information on this scholarship, or to establish your own, contact MSU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033, email or visit to contribute today. 

Pictured, from left: Olivia Dale, this year's recipient of the Sarah Blanton Memorial Scholarship, and Valerie Blanton (83), mother of the late Sarah Blanton (09).