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Harris named recipient of Gore Scholarship

Makayla Harris PictureMakayla Harris has been named the 2020 recipient of the Jerry Gore African American Heritage Scholarship. She is a graduate of Montgomery County High School majoring in social work.   

“Receiving this scholarship has been a huge help in allowing me to pay for college without taking out student loans. I am very grateful,” Harris said.  

The Jerry Gore African American Heritage Scholarship was established in 2018 in memorial recognition for MSU alumnus and retiree, Dr. Jerry Gore (76). He served the University for 27 years, advocating for the preservation of African American Heritage, and retired as MSU’s minority student affairs director.   

The scholarship is awarded to students who have completed at least two semesters at MSU and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Special consideration is given to students who are active in campus diversity initiatives, clubs or groups.  

“Jerry Gore was a guiding light that gave hope to a multitude of students for many years at Morehead State University. His legacy of love and giving carries on through the Jerry Gore African American Heritage Scholarship,” said scholarship representative Ken Alexander (83, 85). “I am honored and so very proud to see the scholarship helping another generation of students.”  

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