Stephanie Lynn Dyer Memorial Scholarship

Stephanie Lynn Dyer was a fulltime student at Marshall University majoring in Communication Disorders. Stephanie was scheduled to graduate in May 2009. Her goal was to be a Speech-Language Pathologist, helping victims of car wrecks, strokes, and disabilities in children’s speech. Stephanie attended Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, where she dedicated her baby daughter, EmmaLayne.

Stephanie had a kind soul, loving spirit, and joyful personality. She was unexpectedly called home by the Lord on March 9, 2008 at the tender age of 25. Stephanie’s parents, Ron and Tara Bolling Dyer of Huntington, established the Stephanie Dyer Memorial Scholarship in 2012 in her honor and to support other students on their journey to becoming a speech-language pathologist. Her maternal grandparents, Larry and Carol Lee Bolling, were long-time supporters of the Huntington Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center at Marshall University.

The scholarship is awarded at the Huntington Scottish Rite Picnic in July each year. Students are invited to apply for this special recognition below. Applications will be sent directly to Tara Bolling Dyer and Stephanie’s daughter, EmmaLayne, who will select the recipient.

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Stephanie’s Bench

Shortly after Stephanie’s loss, her family donated a bench in her memory that sits in the first floor of Smith Hall, where the Department of Communication Disorders is primarily located.  Here, previous scholarship recipient, Royce Lyons (M.S. Class of 2021), is pictured sitting on the bench.




Previous Scholarship Recipients



2017 Recipient – Jessica Gambill







2018 Recipient – Samantha Craigo





2019 Recipient – Cassidy Martin






2020 Recipient – Royce Lyons

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