MURRAY, Ky. — Beginning this fall, Murray State University faculty and staff members will visit high schools throughout Kentucky during the Road Scholars program as a recruitment initiative to assist in enrolling interested students at the University.

“Murray State University is fortunate to have such outstanding relationships with high schools throughout the state of Kentucky,” said Murray State Interim President Bob Jackson. “Through the Road Scholars program, we are calling on all high school administrators for a partnership in which we can offer our assistance and help share the Racer story, which is one of incredible opportunities that are afforded — and have been afforded — to countless students for nearly 100 years.”

The Road Scholars program, which launched with a kick-off event Aug. 9, consists of three components.

First, high school administrators can work with Murray State faculty and staff to visit their high schools or specific classrooms. Topics can be customized to best target a group of students, such as providing information on a particular academic discipline, campus life or scholarships and financial aid.

Following an in-school presentation by University faculty and staff, high schools are encouraged to visit Murray State in person. While on campus, students will participate in informational sessions, visit the academic college or school of their choice, enjoy a complimentary lunch at Winslow Dining Hall and receive a campus tour led by a current Murray State student. Murray State will also reimburse schools $1.40/mile both to and from Murray for transportation.

The third and final component is a return visit to the high school by University faculty and staff  to provide additional information and answer any questions from students and parents. This visit can be held in conjunction with an existing high school fair or event held at the school.

Two $500 Road Scholars scholarships, to be awarded by University faculty and staff, are also available for each participating high school.

Added Jackson, “This program would not be possible without the commitment shown by the Murray State Board of Regents, University leadership, faculty and staff, alumni, as well as additional generous support from the MSU Foundation and donors who have a true passion for the University.”

High school administrators, principals and superintendents are encouraged to visit murraystate.edu/roadscholars for more information on the program.

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