First Recipient Selected for Thacker Scholarship in Economics

Thacker scholarship presentation

Connie Moreland, a junior economics major from Wingo, is the first recipient of the Kyle J. Thacker Memorial Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University.

Moreland, a graduate of Graves County High School, boasts a 4.0 GPA and is on track to graduate in May 2015. She will study in South Korea in the coming spring semester, followed by a summer internship in Australia.

Dr. Gyan Pradhan, chair of EKU’s Department of Economics, said Moreland, a student worker in the departmental office and an economics tutor, is “extremely bright, efficient, responsible, conscientious, and completely trustworthy. She had done a remarkable job as a tutor. Several students have communicated to me their appreciation for the effectiveness with which she has been willing to communicate her knowledge of economics to help them. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of the Thacker Scholarship.”

The Thacker Scholarship, designed to reward outstanding junior and senior economics majors at Eastern, honors the memory of Kyle J. Thacker, a 2012 EKU economics graduate from Somerset who was accidentally killed by a shotgun blast in February 2013.

When the scholarship was announced, Kyle’s twin brother, Keith, said, “Economics is something that Kyle was passionate about, and I am glad that we will be able to share his passion with younger generations.”

Anyone interested in donating to the Thacker Scholarship fund should contact either the EKU Department of Economics at 859-622-1769 or the University’s Development Office at 859-622-1583. Donations can also be made online by visiting and designating the gift to the Kyle J. Thacker Scholarship Fund, or by mail to University Development, Coates CPO 19, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475.

Published on December 18, 2013

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