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The Volgenau Scholars Program supports students pursuing a degree or program of study that prepares them to teach in a math or science field in Kentucky schools. Sara Lane Volgenau grew up in Morehead, graduated from MSU and became an elementary school teacher. She and her husband Ernst Volgenau created this endowment, believing that improving education and the pipeline of STEM teachers will help the economy of Eastern Kentucky, the Commonwealth, and the entire nation. 

Students selected as Volgenau Scholars receive scholarships that assist with their total cost of attendance. As long as recipients remain in good academic standing and continue toward completion of a degree or program that prepares them for math- or science-related teaching, the scholarship may be awarded for up to a total of eight semesters.  


High school graduates and current Morehead State students pursuing math or science education preparation degrees or programs are eligible to apply. Preference is given to: 
  • First-generation college students. 
  • Students with unmet financial need (e.g., Pell Grant eligibility). 
  • Underrepresented minorities. 
  • Residents of one of the 22 counties within Morehead State University’s historical service region: Bath, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Rowan, and Wolfe. 
  • Students with a desire to teach in the above mentioned MSU service region area. 




For more information, contact Dr. Christina Wright, Volgenau Scholars academic career advisor at, or call 606-783-9551. 


MSUTeach LogoIf you are interested in teaching in a STEM field, you may also be interested in the MSUTeach program. MSUTeach allows STEM majors to gain a bachelor's degree in their content area of biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics or physics while also completing the coursework toward certification in secondary education.

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