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Murray State Scholarship Honors Marshall Shooting Victim Preston Cope

Courtesy Murray State

Murray State University has established a new scholarship honoring Marshall County High School shooting victim Preston Cope. The scholarship is made possible through fundraising efforts and gifts from his family and friends.

Cope was a 15-year-old sophomore when he was killed in the school shooting on January 23, 2018. 

The scholarship will serve to memorialize Cope’s spirit and to help students from Marshall County pursue an education at Murray State. According to a release, Cope had a passion for American history and baseball and was a member of the school Beta Club. 

The Preston Cope Memorial Scholarship will benefit full-time, first-year freshmen at Murray State who graduated from MCHS with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Preference will be given to applicants majoring in history, pursuing a teaching certification or majoring in education. Applicants must also have participated in extracurricular activities or high school sports and community service. Financial need will also be considered. 

A similar scholarship was established last year in memory of shooting victim Bailey Holt. 

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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