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Stephen D. Lewis Scholarship Endowment established

Steve Lewis PictureThe Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Stephen D. Lewis Scholarship Endowment, a fund to benefit Morehead State University students. 

The scholarship was established in memory of the late Stephen “Steve” D. Lewis. A native of Morehead, Lewis attended the Breckinridge Training School on MSU’s campus before earning a business degree in 1972 from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. After graduation, he married Janet “Jan” Garrett Lewis and returned to Morehead to start a family. Lewis spent his professional career working at the family business, the C. Roger Lewis Agency, which was started by his father, C. Roger Lewis. He earned his insurance, real estate, auctioneer and broker’s licenses, teaching real estate courses at MSU for some time. He was actively involved in the auctioneering industry and served as president of the Kentucky Auctioneer’s Association. He was inducted into the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 2009. Lewis volunteered annually at MSU’s Annual Spring Gala and was instrumental in helping raise thousands of dollars through his auctioneering of the event’s live auction. He served as a valued member of the MSU Foundation Board of Directors from 1982-1986 and again from 2002-2008, including service as the board’s vice chair in 2008. Lewis was also active in the Morehead community, where he served on several other nonprofit committees and boards. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 65.    

As a member of the MSU Foundation’s Visionary Society, Lewis committed to support a scholarship endowment through his estate plans. His thoughtful planning provided a $25,000 life insurance gift to the MSU Foundation to establish this special fund. 

"Our family is honored to see Steve's legacy carried on through the scholarship endowment," said Jan Lewis. "Steve cared deeply about his community and valued higher education. This fund honors both of these values while helping young people with an interest in business to pursue a quality education at MSU." 

This scholarship will be awarded to MSU students pursuing a degree in the School of Business Administration.   

“We are most grateful for the establishment of the Stephen D. Lewis Scholarship Endowment,” said Dr. Johnathan Nelson, Dean of the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology. “It is wonderful for our students to receive the help that they need to pursue their dreams and professional goals. I also hope that this scholarship will help to inspire our students to be leaders in their community in some of the same ways that Steve Lewis was throughout his life.” 

Students interested in applying to this scholarship and 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