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Amber Philpott Scholarship established for MSU convergent media students

Alyssa Williams and Amber PhilpottThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Amber Philpott Scholarship, a fund to benefit Morehead State University students. The scholarship’s first recipient is Alyssa Williams, a senior convergent media major from Owingsville. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.   

"I can recall watching channel 27 every morning as I was getting ready for school and have always dreamed of becoming an anchor for WKYT," Williams said. "During my time at Morehead State, I have been given the opportunity to produce our television news program, NewsCenter, and was even appointed to the role of director this fall. I am confident that the hands-on experience of producing a 30-minute live program will aid me in my future career endeavors, especially within the broadcast journalism field."     

The scholarship was established by Amber Philpott (03), an award-winning news anchor with WKYT in Lexington. Philpott is a native of central Kentucky, having grown up in Cynthiana. She graduated summa cum laude from MSU in 2003 and her broadcast career began shortly after graduation.  

Philpott has been a part of several award-winning newscasts, has been nominated for a regional Emmy and was named best news anchor in Kentucky by the Associated Press in 2009 and 2013. She is also committed to her community and giving back, having worked with organizations including Komen Kentucky, the American Diabetes Association, Girls on the Run and the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross.  

"As a television news journalist living out her dream in central Kentucky, it's not lost on me that none of this would be possible without the education and skills I learned at Morehead State University," Philpott said. "It is now an honor to be able to provide a scholarship that I hope will also allow another student with big dreams just like I had to be able to not only pursue them but also accomplish them while at MSU."  

Scholarship recipients must be a full-time junior or senior majoring in convergent media and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Preference shall be given to a student from central and eastern Kentucky.  

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
Pictured above, Alyssa Williams, left, and Amber Philpott