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W.H. Rice Family Scholarship Endowment announces first recipient

Lucien Rice and Martina Chapman PictureThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced this year’s recipient of the W.H. Rice Family Scholarship Endowment, a fund to benefit Morehead State University students. The scholarship recipient is Martina Chapman, a freshman from Morehead.  

Chapman is a biomedical sciences major on the pre-medicine track. After graduating from MSU, she plans to further her education by enrolling in medical school and earn an M.D. in oncology research.  

“The W.H. Rice Scholarship will benefit my educational career by helping pay for books and tuition,” Chapman said. “I feel that receiving this scholarship has helped show my dedication to my schoolwork and my passion for success. It is a true honor to be the first-ever recipient and I plan to represent this scholarship throughout my community by being a role model for other college freshmen.”        

The scholarship was established by Lucien Rice (56) in honor of his parents W.H. and Virginia Rice. W.H. served as MSU’s physical plant superintendent for many years. The Rice Service Building is named in his honor. Lucien and his late wife, Monta Carol (61), attended MSU and were married for 61 years. Lucien also graduated from Morehead State’s Breckinridge Training School and is a former president of the MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. The scholarship honors the Rice family’s dedication and love for MSU.   

“We have a family tradition at MSU that dates back to the 1930s. When I received my Boy Scouts of America Eagle Rank in 1951, I realized that I needed to begin giving back to others, because so many people had invested in my personal success, Lucien said. Before Carol passed away, we discussed how important it was for us to give back to MSU, since the support we received there shaped our entire lives. MSU gave so much to me and my whole family. We just want to do the same for others. And to be honest, I am just an old diehard Breckinridge, Morehead State Eagle, full of pride!” 

Scholarship recipients must be full-time undergraduate students at MSU with preference given to students with an outstanding commitment to community service and extracurricular activities. The scholarship is renewable through the recipient’s fourth year of undergraduate study if full-time status and satisfactory academic progress are maintained.  

Students interested in applying to this scholarship, along with other privately funded scholarships managed by the MSU Foundation, should visit the online scholarship application at      

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   

Photo, from left: Lucien Rice (56) pictured with Martina Chapman, the first recipient of the W.H. Rice Family Scholarship Endowment.