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Ryan Elmore Scholarship established for mathematics students

Ryan Elmore PictureThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Ryan Elmore Scholarship Fund, a fund to benefit Morehead State University students.        

The scholarship was established by MSU alumnus Dr. Ryan Elmore (95). Elmore earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from MSU in 1995 before earning a Master of Science in Statistics from Miami University and a Ph.D. in statistics from Penn State University. He has served as a faculty member at Colorado State University and currently serves as a faculty member at the University of Denver. Additionally, Elmore has served as a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Lab and a research associate at the Mathematical Science Institute at the Australian National University. He has received award recognition for his extensive research in sports statistics. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.   

“The Department of Mathematics at Morehead State introduced me to the applicability and beauty of mathematics and statistics, and these initial experiences are present in my work as a university professor today,” Elmore said. “Like many students before and after me, I benefitted from the generosity of donors who supported my scholarships. My hope in establishing this award is that future beneficiaries will acknowledge its value by investing in Morehead long after they are students. This scholarship is my way of simply saying thank you to all of the great people who were part of my Morehead experience.”  

Scholarship recipients must be data analytics majors with a 3.5 GPA or higher. The award amount is $500 divided equally among the fall and spring semesters and recipients may reapply for the scholarship.  

“I tell our students that the mathematics department is the best department on campus because a degree in mathematics opens up so many amazing opportunities in life. Ryan Elmore is living proof of that. After graduating from MSU with his math degree, Dr. Elmore used that foundation to achieve incredible things,” said Dr. Christopher Schroeder, professor of mathematics and chair of MSU’s Department of Mathematics. “His work as a sports analyst is just one example of the many doors that are opened with an MSU math degree. With the launch of our new data analytics program, the timing was perfect for Dr. Elmore’s generous gift to help many more students be able to have those same opportunities. We are so grateful to Ryan for this scholarship.”  

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

To learn more about programs in MSU’s Department of Mathematics, visit