MISD Foundation for
Excellence Endowment Funds
The Foundation maintains several endowment funds to
provide reliable and continuing support for the purposes
of the Foundation. For further details on any of these
funds click on the name of the fund to link to the fund
profile. All endowment funds are kept separate from the
operating accounts of the Foundation. Contributions to
any endowed fund should be mailed to Foundation for
Excellence, PO BOX 1417, Murray, KY 42071. Clearly
indicate the choice among funds. If you like, you may
download a gift card from the website above. To
create a new endowment fund, contact the President of the
MISD FFE at the address above or at
Scholarship Fund - established 1988
Since 1989, this endowment has been available to fund an
annual scholarship for a graduate of Murray High School.
Robert Glin Jeffrey was a teacher, coach, principal, and,
from 1977 to December 1988, the Superintendent of the
Murray Independent School District. The scholarship is
not restricted to any particular institution. At the time
of his retirement the Board of Education established a
scholarship award in his honor which is funded by
contributions from the public.
Award - established 1992
Established as a memorial to Carl Keeslar and Mohamad
Soltani, soccer player and coach respectively of the
Murray High School team who lost their lives in separate
auto accidents in 1991, the fund provides for
presentation of a trophy each year to the MHS soccer
player voted most valuable by teammates. The trophy is a
sterling silver replica of one Coach Soltani created and
presented to Carl Keeslar as the Most Valuable Player of
Technology Fund - established 1995
This fund supports a technology related project by a
teacher or staff member. The Technology Fund was
initiated by Mark Schmidt, who graduated from Murray High
School in 1975. Mr. Schmidt became a successful
businessman and established this fund in appreciation for
the major contribution that the Murray city schools had
made to his success.
Speech Fund - established 2007
The fund will provide support for students in the speech
program who need assistance to participate in the program
and for performances and other activities that would not
be funded from normal sources. During his tenure as
Murray High School's Speech Coach, Mark Etherton was
known for offering all students rich paths for personal
development. The Etherton Speech Fund is devoted to
ensuring that these doors remain open to future
generations of eager and deserving students who want to
"emulate the best".
See this Facebook link for more information about the
Etherton Speech Fund.
Clara Waldrop Griffin
Humphrey Scholarship Fund - established 2007
This scholarship fund shall award the Murray State
University Young Author's Camp fee each year for one or
two (2) MISD students from ages 8-12. The Clara Waldrop
Griffin Humphrey Scholarship was established in 2007 to
recognize and honor the outstanding teaching
accomplishments of Mrs. Clara Waldrop Griffin Humphrey in
the Murray Independent School District (MISD). Mrs.
Humphrey's commitment to teaching and dedication to her
students earned her the distinction of being Kentucky's
Teacher of the Year in 1975. The successful applicant
will be one who demonstrates a passion for writing and a
commitment to personal achievement. See the application
form for further details.
The Fund for
Excellence - established 2008
This fund will provide a regular source of start up money
for new ideas and methods in teaching which would not
ordinarily be funded through the schools budget until
their viability had been demonstrated. An example of the type
of activities that this fund will support is the
mini-grants program which is currently funded from
operating funds. Examples of previously funded
mini-grants may be found at mini-grants.
The Alumni Band
Fund - established 2008
The purpose of the Alumni Band Fund is to both recognize and reward music students in
the Murray Independent School District (MISD) who show a
willingness to put in long hours of conscientious work as
members of the Marching and Concert Bands in a program
that has won (and continues to win) numerous awards for
outstanding performances in regional, state, and national
competitions. Resources from this fund will help make it
possible for students of all economic backgrounds to
participate fully in all band activities, assisting with
travel and instruments as needed and to the extent that
funds allow. The Murray High School Marching Band has a
tradition of excellence going back over 40 years. This
fund will help ensure that all MISD music students have
the opportunity to continue this tradition, with the
leadership and character-building opportunities it
See this Facebook link for more information about the
Band Endowment Fund.
James H. Boone Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund - established 2010
This scholarship is provided by the Boone family
in honor of James Howard Boone Sr. It will be given to a
graduating senior of Murray High School who was active in
athletics. The scholarship is not restricted to any
particular institution. The amount of the scholarship is
$1,000. The application form can be downloaded from this
site or obtained from the school counselor. The
application must be received by March 31st. For more details click on the name
Tommy Carroll Memorial Scholarship
- established 2011
This scholarship to Murray State University is provided by the Carroll family in honor of Tommy Carroll,
a Murray businessman. It will be given to a graduating senior of Murray High School who was active in athletics with a
preference for someone in baseball or football. The amount of the scholarship is $1,500. See the Applications tab to
download a form or see the school counselor. The application must be received by March 31st.
Eli M. and Sally L. Alexander Scholarship
- reestablished 2012
The Eli and Sally Alexander family has always had strong ties to Murray High School and places a high value on education. Eli and their 3 sons Eli M. Jr., Jon M., and Stuart B, all graduated from Murray High School and Murray State University. Eli served the Murray Schools for 32 years as a teacher, coach, Principal and Assistant Superintendent; Sally was elected to the Murray Independent School District Board of Education where she served for twelve years; and Stuart has served on the Board since 2000. The Alexander family has created this scholarship to assist others in obtaining an education and preparing for a career. The amount of the scholarship will be at least $1000.
Burgess-Spann Foreign Travel Fund - established 2012
Murray High School has a long history of promoting
foreign travel for its students.
This endowment will provide continuing annual
support for an award for a Murray High School
student to participate in a foreign travel program guided
by an MISD faculty member.
The fund is named
in honor of Debra Burgess and Sue Spann who set a
standard for excellence that was in the finest tradition
of Murray High School.
Senorita Burgess taught Spanish and Latin at
Murray High School for "72 years" (sic) from 1980-2012,
Madame Spann taught French from 1982 to 2002.
They also contributed extensively to the speech
and theatre program.
They inspired a love of language and learning (and
a willingness to work) in those who came into contact
with them and they led many students to a fulfilling
involvement in foreign languages. A group of their former
students and colleagues created this endowment in honor
and appreciation of them. In 2014 Ms. Burgess was inducted into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
The Madge and Joe Parker Fund -- established 2015
Established through a bequest from the estate of Joseph W. Parker to the MISD Foundation for Excellence, the fund is named in honor of Mr. Parker and his wife Madge Sledd Patterson Parker, who were graduates of Murray High School and long-time supporters and benefactors of the community of Murray and its schools. Earnings from the endowed fund will provide grants which encourage, support, and reward innovative teaching; develop and enrich academic programs for students; and purchase classroom equipment which enhances student learning.
The MHS Athletic Hall of Fame Fund — established 2016
Originating with a gift from former Murray High School football and soccer player Tim Masthay, the endowment has been established to help recognize the achievements of former athletes, teams, coaches, and contributors who have helped create the athletic heritage of Murray High School. Members in three categories--Athlete/Team (Players), Legend (Coaches), and Contributor--periodically will be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame, and funds from the endowment will support appropriate awards and recognition ceremonies.
The Brad Barnett Memorial Scholarship Fund — established 2016
In order to perpetuate his legacy of “Living Life to the Fullest with No Regrets,” friends and family of Brad Barnett, a 1975 graduate of Murray High School who played for the 1974 State Football Champion MHS Tigers, have established a scholarship in his honor. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior who best demonstrates the strength of character to overcome obstacles which Mr. Barnett exemplified during a seven-year battle with ALS: Courage. Hope. Positivity. Strength. Faithfulness. Compassion. Recipients may attend any post-secondary school and will be chosen from among nominations submitted to the counselor at Murray High School by March 31.
To contribute to an endowment fund send a donation to
Foundation of Excellence, PO Box 1417, Murray, KY 42071
clearly noting your choice of funds. If you like you may
download a gift card. To begin a new endowment fund
contact the President of the MISD FFE at the address
above or at