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Steps for the NEST Challenge raises money for student support fund

Steps for the NEST Final Results PicMorehead State University alumni and friends are stepping up to help students by taking actual steps for a worthy cause.  

From May 18 through May 22, MSU held a Steps for the NEST Challenge, where participants commit to taking 10,000 steps per day (50,000 steps total) to raise money for the NEST Fund. Over 100 individuals signed up to participate, taking 4,196,168 steps and raising $2,340.   

Special recognition was also given to the following award winners: 

  • Eagle Who Took the Most Steps: Vicki Collins Blakeman (81) – 135,040 
  • Eagle Who Took the Most Steps “Honorable Mention”: Cheryl Stegall Blevins (87) – 113,090 
  • Eagle Who Reached 50,000 Steps Goal First: Kathryn Rogers (07) 
  • Youngest Eagle Participant: Ava June Tackett 
  • Most Senior Eagle Participant: Clyde I. James (65) 

The NEST (Needs for Students in Trying Times) Fund is a newly established fund created to support students during times of hardship and transition. It covers support to three primary sources of student aid: Eagle Essentials, the SHARE Fund and the Eagle Emergency Loan Fund.  

To learn more about Eagle Essentials and other student financial resources, visit  

For information on how to donate to the Eagle's NEST fund, visit