MSU awarded $750K grant from ARC
A $750,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $347,000 in institutional matching funds means that Morehead State University has nearly $1.1 million in equipment funds for its newly-completed space science support facility.
The grant, originally announced on June 11 by Gov. Steve Beshear at the ribboncutting ceremony, has been finalized by the Department for Local Government in Frankfort and the ARC in Washington.
“We are deeply grateful to Gov. Beshear and to Peggy Satterly and Matt Sawyers in his office for their support of our grant application to make sure our students in this high technology program have the equipment they need to succeed,” said MSU President Wayne D. Andrews.
It is anticipated that, within two years, more than 1,300 students will be enrolled in classes in the new facility, including 140 students with majors in space science and astrophysics.
In 1992, Morehead State University obtained a grant from the National Science Foundation to build a 13.25-meter telescope and start a space science program. During the next 15 years, with grants from NASA, the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, and other sources, the program was able to obtain a 21-meter space tracking antenna and radio telescope; attract a nationally-known faculty; and grow the program to the point that 28 declared majors were on board in 2008.
MSU received $15.6 million in state funding to construct the new 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art building to provide instructional and research support for space science starting this fall.