Murray State Nursing Scholarship Honors Marshall Shooting Victim Bailey Holt

Aug 30, 2018

Murray State University's School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Kentucky Nurses Association are setting up a scholarship to honor a victim of the Marshall County High School shooting.

Murray State University officials, faculty and students meet with Bailey Holt's family members for the Bailey Holt Memorial Scholarship check presentation ceremony.
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Kentucky Nurses Association local chapter president Nancy Armstrong said the Bailey Holt Memorial Scholarship will benefit Marshall County High School graduates that are enrolled in Murray State University's nursing program or transferring into the program from a community college.

Armstrong said $8,500 dollars in donations fund the scholarship. Bailey Holt was one of two students killed in the Marshall shooting last January.

Bailey’s mother Secret Holt said her daughter would have gone to Murray State and enrolled in the nursing program. Holt said Bailey took medical terminology and biomedical courses in high school to prepare for her future.

“It was her dream to go to nursing school and be a labor and delivery nurse and just the support here and seeing the students from Marshall county here that are attending as well just means the world and I know it would to her too,” Holt said.

Four nursing program students and Marshall County High School alumni attended the ceremony.

Kentucky Nurses Association local chapter president Nancy Armstrong hugs Secret Holt, Bailey Holt's mother.
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Charlstyn Beard is a senior in the nursing program and a Marshall County High School alum.

“I think that Bailey would be very proud to see the impact that she has,” Beard said. “It’s a big program and a big honor to be a part of and I think that she would be really pleased with the ability to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Nancy Armstrong said the scholarship will become endowed if it collects $25,000 and the fund has five years to do so. People can donate to the scholarship through the Murray State office of development or School of Nursing.


The scholarship will start in January 2019.