Andy and Debbie Prefontaine continue their MSU support with new scholarship

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Andy & Debbie Prefontaine
Andy and Debbie Prefontaine

As the founder and CEO of Family Leisure Inc. and an entrepreneur who started home, property and advertising businesses, Andy Prefontaine (71) has managed to achieve a great deal of success since his time as an MSU Eagle. Now, he and his wife, Debbie, want to do their part to ensure that same success is within reach for future generations of students. 

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Andy and Debbie Prefontaine Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will provide scholarships to assist in the recruitment and retention of students beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. 
 
The Prefontaines have been avid supporters of MSU for years, donating resources and volunteering their time to encourage other alumni to give back and support the University. As a student, Andy was a member of the MSU ROTC program’s first commissioned graduating class and served as the last president of the Aquila Club before the social organization became the national fraternal organization Pi Kappa Alpha. After graduating from MSU, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. A 2016 MSU Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, Prefontaine has also served as a member of the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees. 
 

Prefontaine was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016.


In honor of their charitable commitment, two spaces in the newly renovated Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) are adorned with their name: the Prefontaine Tower and the Prefontaine Pub. Prefontaine Tower is located at the northernmost entrance of the ADUC expansion and the Prefontaine Pub is one of ADUC’s newest dining options and student hangouts located on the first floor just past the tower entrance. 

Andy Prefontaine
Andy and Debbie Prefontaine were recognized at the Feb. 14 home basketball game. They contributed $750,000 to create the Andy and Debbie Prefontaine Scholarship Endowment. The proceeds from the endowment will provide scholarships to assist in the recruitment and retention of students beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. From left: Jim Shaw, MSU vice president for university advancement; Alicia Parker Webb (01), senior philanthropy officer; Andy Prefontaine (71); Mindy Highley (91), assistant vice president for alumni relations and development; and MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan.

This scholarship endowment was established as part of the Soar to New Heights Scholarship Campaign. The Prefontaines hope that this general scholarship endowment fund will change many lives at Morehead State.  
 
“Some students would not even be able to attend MSU without a scholarship, and that’s why it’s important,” Andy said. “I’ve been very fortunate and if life gives you good fortune, you really should pay it back. It should be a part of your life.”

To contribute to the Soar to New Heights Scholarship Campaign, visit alumni.moreheadstate.edu/give