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Blakeman Memorial Scholarship recipients announced

Morehead State University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development has announced that Adam Caskey, a Tollesboro senior, and Mt. Sterling sophomores Cole Huff and Logan Donathan are the 2017 spring recipients of the J.B. Blakeman Memorial Scholarship.

Caskey is a biomedical sciences/pre-med major. He most recently served as vice president of programming for Sigma Phi Epsilon.  He has attended SigEp’s Edge, Carlson Leadership Academys in Atlanta, and SigEp’s Life After College workshop in Chicago.

Caskey is involved in Best Buddies, Student Alumni Ambassadors, and the Pre-Medicine Club. He has served for three years as the Bible School coordinator at the Tollesboro United Methodist Church and recently took on the role of being the youth minister. He has participated numerous times in the Helping Hands backpack snack program.

Huff is an accounting major. He currently serves as SigEp’s vice president of finance. Before even taking office in January, Huff had already developed an annual budget and presented financial information at the Officer Transition Session hosted in November by alumni and volunteers. Huff has attended SigEp’s Edge and Carlson Leadership Academy programs. At MSU, he has served as an Interfraternity Council representative for two semesters. During the summer, he works as a groundskeeper for the Housing Authority and helps with event preparation at the Clay Community Center. He assisted with the Dogs for Dogs fundraiser for two years to benefit the local animal shelter.

Donathan is an accounting major. He is currently SigEp’s vice president for programming and has also served as vice president of finance after being elected to that position as a freshman. Donathan has attended SigEp’s Edge and two Carlson Leadership Academy programs. He is president of MSU’s Accounting Club and participates in intramurals including basketball, softball and ultimate Frisbee. Donathan is a familiar face back home, having worked at Kroger since 2014 and recently being recognized for his outstanding customer service. He has helped out with the Popping Tags clothing sale to raise funds for Christian Social Services.

The scholarship was established in 2012 in memory of Jeffery Scott “JB” Blakeman. A graduate of Morehead State University with an industrial technology degree, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a Chi Omega sorority big brother. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and photographing wildlife. Blakeman loved golfing and was a member of the Eagle Trace Men’s Golf Association and was a proud supporter of Rowan County and Morehead State athletics.

He passed away September 2011 at the age of 52.

To be considered for the J.B. Blakeman Memorial Scholarship, students must submit an application and a document listing past involvement and contributions to their chapter, campus and community. Applications were reviewed by a panel that included a SigEp AVC representative, an MSU alumnus (Bill Redwine, also the parent of a SigEp alumnus) and a Blakeman family representative, Vicki Blakeman.

With these awards, a total of $12,000 in scholarship funds have already been awarded through the J.B. Blakeman Memorial Scholarship fund.

For more information on the scholarship, contact MSU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033.

To learn more about MSU scholarships, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/scholarships.

Pictured above, from left: Bill Redwine, Cole Huff, Taylor Blakeman Barney, Adam Caskey, Vicki Collins Blakeman, Logan Donathan, Kennedy Blakeman and Jeffrey Liles.

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