Roy and Joyce Spaulding
Roy and Joyce Spaulding

Once Joyce (60) and Roy (60) Spaulding came to Morehead State University, they made a few different commitments. They married in 1959, committed to earning their degrees from MSU in 1960 and dedicated their careers to changing student lives through education.  

Joyce and Roy retired as elementary/junior high reading teachers and band directors, respectively, before spending their remaining years in Sun City, Arizona. Both Joyce and Roy passed away in 2018 but their gift to MSU ensures they will continue to make a positive impact in the field of education. 

In collaboration with the Morehead State University Foundation, the Joyce and Roy Spaulding Scholarship Endowment was established to benefit MSU students studying to become teachers in the Ernst & Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education.         

Recipients of the annual scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students majoring in a program within the Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education. The scholarship value is $8,000 annually ($4,000 per semester) and is renewable for one additional year if a 2.8 GPA and full-time status are maintained. A new recipient will be selected every other year, pending the current year recipient maintains eligibility.   

“They were incredible people with huge hearts,” said Russell Scott Spaulding (89), trustee for the Spaulding Family Trust. “I hope they will be remembered in many different ways through this charity.” 

MSU Visionary Society

The MSU Visionary Society is a recognition society for those who remember MSU through planned gifts.  

To learn more about planned gifts or other ways to support your favorite MSU program, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033, email or visit