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Rocky Burke Scholarship established

Rocky Burke PictureThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Rocky Burke Scholarship, a fund to benefit Morehead State University students. The scholarship’s first recipient is Cameron Hinton from Flemingsburg.  

“This scholarship has helped me dramatically," said Hinton. I am thankful to not have to worry as much about student loans. 

The scholarship was established by MSU alumnus Rocky Burke (77). A native of Fleming County, he graduated from Fleming County High School in 1973 and later graduated from MSU in 1977. Burke went on to serve in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2008. In addition to his Air Force career, he worked in the public transit industry, managing bus systems for various municipalities. Most notably, he served as the general manager of the public transit system in Lexington. Burke is the son of the late James H. Burke and Margaret Ann Riley, both of Fleming County. He has three children, Skip, Jared and Allison. He is retired and lives with his wife, Barbara, in Sarasota, Florida.  

“Growing up in Flemingsburg, my mother encouraged me to venture out of the area for college. But I chose MSU and I have never regretted my decision. I have been a proud Eagle since I was there as a student in the '70s and I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve on the Alumni Board," Burke said. "A lot has changed on campus since my time as a student, but one thing remains the same: donations are important and make scholarships possible. No matter the donation size, $10 or $10,000, it helps future Eagles. I am thankful to be able to give a little and fund a scholarship for a student from Fleming County. I hope it helps.” 

Scholarship recipients must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an incoming freshman who graduated from Fleming County High School. If a Fleming County recipient is not eligible, preference will be given to a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity who meets the academic criteria. The scholarship is a one-time award and is non-renewable.  

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