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Linda D. Thacker Scholarship established

Linda Thacker HeadshotThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Linda D. Thacker Scholarship, a fund to benefit Morehead State University students.    

“The goal of the Linda D. Thacker Scholarship is to support students from Pike County and the neighboring counties in Eastern Kentucky who want to attend college but may need extra financial assistance to do so,” Thacker said.  

The scholarship was created in honor of Linda D. Thacker (82, 92). Thacker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art from MSU in 1982 and later returned to MSU to earn a Master of Arts in Art in 1992.  

Recipients of the scholarship will be incoming freshmen from Eastern Kentucky, with a preference given to students from Pike County.  

“Coming from this close-knit community where everybody has strong connections formed at school, church and work, and people really care for one another, it’s hard to pull yourself away to attend college. My husband, Eric Howard (81), came up with the idea for the scholarship and I think it is a wonderful way to give back to the community of people I love so much,” Thacker said. “There is a wealth of talent in Eastern Kentucky. If we can help students tap into their talents and realize their dreams of what they can become, then our goal has been accomplished.”  

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