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Murray State Alum Reaches Endowment Goal for Students with Autism Scholarship

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A Murray State University alumnus and Marshall County native recently reached his goal of $25,000 toward a scholarship for students on the autism spectrum.

Ray Chumbler IV is the founder of the Ray For Autism Scholarship Endowment, which allows students diagnosed with disorders such as Asperger’s and pervasive development to receive a scholarship to attend MSU. Chumbler was diagnosed with autism at age 13 and hopes to influence others affected by the disorder.

“Just shows that autistic people can go to college and be successful there. I’m just so grateful, so much gratitude there for everyone that has poured support into it,” says Chumbler.


Chumbler says when he first enrolled, there were no scholarships available for autistic students. The scholarship fund has now surpassed the $25,000 endowment level after two years and will be open for students to apply for in the fall.

Ebony Clark is a student at Murray State University majoring in computer science. She was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Ebony has served as a reporter for 4-H congress in Nashville, TN where she spoke with several state leaders and congressmen. Ebony enjoys writing poetry and spoken word and competed in Tennessee's Poetry Out Loud competition hosted by the arts council in Nashville,TN.
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