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Murray State Announces Riggins Scholarship
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY - The Murray State University Foundation has established the Tammie Riggins Memorial Scholarship to honor the person who worked for nearly 20 years at the Murray State University Foundation.

The scholarship will be funded through an endowment established by Tammie's friends and and family, including her husband Mark and daughter Chelsea. The scholarship serves to memorialize Riggins' loving spirit while assisting Racers in earning their degree.

Riggins was a Murray native, graduated from Murray High School, and began college in 1977 before life took her in a different direction, and on plenty of adventures. She returned to higher education and graduated with her Associate of Arts in business from MSU in 2009. She then continued her education while working full time, earning a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Students in 2015.

She worked for nearly 20 years as the executive secretary for the MSU Foundation, where she enjoyed mentoring student workers. She loved her students, assisting them with course studies, life challenges, and even helping them to apply for scholarship support. She was adored by her student workers and loved by her colleagues and the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

"Tammie was such a caring and engaging person. And what a smile!" said Dr. David Durr, Murray State University Foundation president. "She loved her student workers and was fiercely protective of them. Tammie valued all of the trustees and they all loved and valued her. She is definitely missed."

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a graduate of Murray High School, enrolled full-time at Murray State as either a freshman or sophomore, and hold a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Financial need will also be considered when choosing recipients. Those that are approved will receive a minimum of $1,000, with awards divvied out over two semesters each year.

The University Foundation is working to raise $50,000 for the fund. Donations can be given online at the link below, or by check made payable to the Murray State University Foundation mailed to the Murray State Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

Published 12:53 PM, Thursday Sep. 10, 2020
Updated 02:27 AM, Friday Sep. 11, 2020

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