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Dr. Patrick Osborne Scholarship established this year

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the recipient of the newly established Dr. Patrick Osborne Scholarship, a fund to benefit MSU students. The student receiving the award is Katie Smith, a senior majoring in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Harlan County.    

“As a senior in my final semester, the courses that I am taking are some of the most challenging for my major,” said Smith.  “Receiving this scholarship will lessen the financial burden of my senior year and allow me to focus on my classes and starting my career in the field of marketing after graduation.  I am extremely grateful for this scholarship award.”   

As a student, Smith has been active with the Student Government Association, the Student Alumni Ambassadors and served as a Resident Advisor for the Office of Student Housing.       

The scholarship’s namesake, Dr. Patrick Osborne (01), is a two-time graduate from MSU, earning a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in marketing in 2001 and a master’s degree in sport management in 2002. He was a standout student-athlete, playing with the MSU Football Eagles from 1997 to 2001. During his time at MSU, he served as the student-athlete representative to the NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic Committee, was formally nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship and earned Collegiate All-American Scholar honors in 2001. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. 

He earned a doctorate in leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville in 2015, where his doctoral work and dissertation focused on emotional intelligence, cognitive intelligence and personality type, and their relationship to vocational success. Following an executive career in corporate America, Osborne followed his passion for Higher Education and transitioned to become a faculty member at Trevecca Nazarene University. He currently serves as a professor in Leadership Studies. He also serves as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference Alumni Committee and is an active sponsor and volunteer for the Nashville Rescue Mission and Second Harvest Bank.   

The recipient of the award must be a full-time, undergraduate senior-level student majoring in marketing in the Elmer R. Smith College of Business of Technology with a 3.0 GPA or above. Preference will be given to a fifth-year student-athlete that played football and has exhausted their eligibility. If a football student-athlete is not eligible, preference will be given to another eligible student-athlete.  

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.