Jerry Gore

Jerry Gore is shown in this file photo with a group of school children at the Rankin House in Ripley.

MOREHEAD – The Morehead State University Foundation announced on Thursday the establishment of the Jerry Gore African-American Heritage Scholarship.

According to MSU’s website, the scholarship is a memorial recognition of MSU Alumnus and Maysville native Jerry Gore.

According to MSU, members of the African-American Alumni Affinity Group established the scholarship. Nearly 150 alumni made contributions totaling over $32,000 to endow the scholarship.

Gore was one of 10 children, all of whom graduated from Maysville High School. He received two masters degrees from MSU and worked in administration there for 27 years. He also worked with the Upward Bound program.

Gore co-founded Freedom Time Tours, and was instrumental in bringing tour groups to Mason and Brown Counties, where he told the story of fugitive slaves finding sanctuary at the home of Rev. John Rankin in Ripley, Ohio. He was well known for telling stories to school children and adults alike.

In 1999, MSU Minority Student Services awarded Gore with an outstanding service award for being an advocate in promoting African-American heritage and paving the way for significant change at MSU.

Former State Rep. Mike Denham went to school with Gore, and spoke of his work in the area.

"We were really good friends. Jerry worked hard to make sure how important the Underground Railroad was to the area and teaching people about the atrocities of slavery. He was a good guy and worked very hard promoting the Underground Railroad in this area. He was a good friend for a long, long time...I hate losing him," Denham said in 2016.

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Gore won the Lucy Hart Smith-Atwood S. Wilson Award for Vicil and Human Rights in Education in 2011. When interviewed about the award, Gore said, “It’s the greatest award I ever received.”

According to MSU’s website, the scholarship endowment will be managed by the MSU Foundation and investment income will be utilized annually to award a scholarship to a MSU student, according to the school.

The MSU Foundation is a non-profit Kentucky Corporation that provides private financial support to the University as a tax-exempt educational foundation. Among its responsibilities is administering gift assets of the university.

Gore passed away on Aug. 3, 2016 due to complications of double pneumonia.

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