Marian Leigh Hayne
Marian Leigh Hayne

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Marian Leigh Hayne Memorial Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship was established in honor of the late Marian Leigh Hayne (09) after she died in an automobile accident at age 36. Marian attended MSU from 2005 through 2009, earning associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology. She was also was a member of the MSU Equestrian Team and served as the show manager of the Morehead State Equestrian Club Spring Open Horse Show in 2009. Upon graduation and passing the state licensing exam, Marian moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked for eight years with a veterinary oncologist, Dr. Lorin Hillman at Memphis Veterinary Specialists. 

“Morehead was a special place for our daughter, Marian. Her education in the veterinary technology program in agricultural sciences provided her with a superb education and collegiate experience with great educators and peers, some of whom she maintained relationships until her death,” said parents Arlene and Van Hayne. “The Hayne Family is honored and most appreciative that we can be a small part in helping others with their educational aspirations at Morehead in Marian’s memory.” 

The 2018-19 recipients of the Marian Leigh Hayne Memorial Scholarship were Samantha Anderson, a senior from Somerset, and Haley Boggs, a junior from Harlan County. 

“The Marian Leigh Hayne Scholarship has enabled me to pursue my goal of achieving a degree in veterinary technology,” said Anderson, who plans to obtain a master’s degree in shelter medicine after completing her degree at MSU. 

“I am truly grateful for not only being selected for the Marian Leigh Hayne Memorial Scholarship but even being considered for it,” said Boggs upon receiving the award. “I hope that this scholarship will continue to help other students like me in the future.” 

Scholarship recipients must be full-time, nontraditional students that have been accepted into the Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program with preference given to those interested in progressing toward a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided the recipient is accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology program and maintained a 3.0 GPA. If not, the award may be renewed for up to two years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. 

This scholarship was established as part of the Soar to New Heights Scholarship Campaign. 

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 to make a contribution today.