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J.B. Blakeman Memorial Scholarship Fall 2020 recipients announced

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the recipients of the J.B. Blakeman Memorial Scholarship, a fund to benefit MSU students. The recipients of the scholarship for the Fall 2020 semester are:   

  • Logan Cross, senior middle grades education major, Jellico, Tennessee   
  • Lucas Frazier, junior secondary English major, Prestonsburg   
  • Drake Pierce, junior mechanical and manufacturing engineering major, Butler   

This scholarship is awarded to active members of the Kentucky Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community service and campus involvement.    

Cross was recognized for GPA improvement, earning Dean’s List recognition for the spring 2020 semester. He balances his academic and work schedules with participating in intramural competitions. He is vice president of Brotherhood Development for the KY Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon.   

Frazier was recognized for being involved on and off-campus. He served as a past Greek Week committee president and serves as the KY Zeta Sigma Phi Epsilon House Manager. Frazier has volunteered with Gateway Helping Hands and the Cram the Cruiser event. He received Dean’s List recognition for the spring 2020 semester.   

Pierce participated in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter’s Bowl-A-Thon event to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He was recognized for being always being ready to serve, whether to assist with a house project or attend an Interfraternity Council (IFC) meeting. He has focused on academics, improving his GPA and achieving Dean’s List recognition for the spring 2020 semester.   

The scholarship was established in 2012 in memory of Jeffery Scott “J.B.” Blakeman. A graduate of Morehead State University with an industrial technology degree, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a Chi Omega sorority big brother. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and photographing wildlife. Blakeman loved golfing and was a member of the Eagle Trace Men’s Golf Association. He was a proud supporter of Rowan County and Morehead State athletics. Blakeman passed away Sept. 2011 at age 52.   

More than $25,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded through the J.B. Blakeman Memorial Scholarship fund with these awards. Through the annual J.B. Blakeman Memorial Golf Scramble, a scholarship endowment was established with the MSU Foundation. This endowment will perpetually provide funding to provide scholarships in Blakeman’s memory for generations to come.     

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