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Benefits of Bucks for Brains Program

The endowments established through the Bucks for Brains program at MSU will help advance economic progress and education at all levels and will improve the quality of life for Kentucky’s citizens. From providing funds for research opportunities to supporting activities and projects that are vital to Kentucky’s economy, the Bucks for Brains program is making a difference for MSU and the Commonwealth.

The program helped MSU establish its first chair and professorship as well as numerous scholarship, fellowship and mission support endowments. The 11 chairs and professorships that have been established have proven to provide a source of funding for research and faculty support that would have otherwise not been available. Such support has allowed a number of initiatives and programs to move forward. The 49 endowed scholarship, fellowship, and mission support endowments have proven to be a tremendous resource as well.

Funds from matched endowments through the Bucks for Brains program have been used to:

  • Fund specialized instruction in the Department of Imaging Sciences.
  • Fund a collaborative research effort in biological sciences.
  • Establish the MAT – Middle School Alternative Certification program in the College of Education.
  • Fund nearly 100 scholarships and fellowships to students that will become part of Kentucky’s technically trained workforce and enhance research in areas vital to the Commonwealth.
  • Bring numerous visiting professors and lecturers to MSU which has enhanced the learning experience for students.
  • Help establish the ‘Theatre in the Schools’ program, providing theatre performances and arts education activities and materials to elementary, middle school and high school students and teachers throughout the region and the Commonwealth.
  • Support faculty positions in the College of Education.
  • Purchase materials and equipment for geology program research and fund field study travel. 
  • Provide a conference with an internationally recognized speaker addressing the Appalachian Regional  P-16 Council in areas related to P-16 school reform issues.   
  • Support the bringing of visiting professors in the humanities to campus who provided master classes, clinics, workshops, seminars, lectures, readings, and performances that enhanced curriculum content in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Increase diversity content by bringing visiting professors to campus representing a wide-range of cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Provide support to the efforts of the campus Arts & Humanities Council in developing educational partnerships within the local community and region.