Jim E. Dotson Memorial Education Endowment established to help education students from Kentucky and Ohio succeed

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Dotson Family
Front Row, left to right: Jim E. Dotson (69, 73), sons Chad Dotson and Jonathan Dotson (00, 01) Back Row, left to right: wife Sue James Dotson (66), mother-in-law Faye Burton, brother-in-law Clyde I. James (65) and Jennifer Mack Dotson (02)

While Jim E. Dotson (69, 73) graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Morehead State University, he went on to help generations of students graduate from high school in Kentucky and Ohio over his nearly four-decade career.   

When Jim passed away in 2012, the family requested memorial contributions in lieu of flowers. Multiple family and friends made contributions in his memory. Jim’s wife, Marilyn, his children and a host of others have continued to make annual contributions to grow the fund to endowment level. With the Jim E. Dotson Memorial Education Endowment established through the MSU Foundation, his legacy will include helping MSU education students for generations to come.  

“Morehead State had a significant impact on my father’s commitment to education for over 35 years and he was so proud to be an Eagle. He always said, ‘You have to look at the child first and let kids know you care in order for them to be successful,’” said Jonathan Dotson (00, 01), son of the scholarship’s namesake. “Our father believed that students are at the heart of everything we do.” 

Scholarship criteria include being a full-time student majoring in education with preference given to students from Pike County, Kentucky, or Franklin County, Ohio. Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and maintain overall satisfactory scholastic standing.   

Students interested in applying for this scholarship, along with other privately funded scholarships managed by the MSU Foundation, should visit the online scholarship application at moreheadstate.awardspring.com.      

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 giving@moreheadstate.edu or visit alumni.moreheadstate.edu