New Scholarship honors longtime educator, Larry Prichard


From left, Rick Robinson, senior director of development with the College of Education and Professional Development; Myrtle Prichard; Dr. Sissy Isaacs, associate dean of the College of Education and Professional Development; Melissa Neace, Myrtle Prichard’s daughter; Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation Inc.; and Dillon Neace, Melissa Neace’s son and Myrtle Prichard’s grandson, pose for a photo around an oversize check of $101,000, presented by Myrtle Prichard to the Marshall Foundation to establish the Larry Prichard Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Larry Prichard strove during his nearly 35 years as an educator to see that all children received the best education possible.

“He championed the right of every child,” Myrtle Prichard said of her late husband.

That is why she donated $101,000 to establish, through the Marshall University Foundation Inc., an endowed scholarship in Larry Prichard’s honor. Included in the total was a $1,000 expendable gift so the scholarship could be awarded beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, while the rest of the gift is initially invested. An incoming freshman will be announced as the recipient at the upcoming East Carter High School Awards Assembly later this month.

“I hope what he believed so strongly in and always strove for will never be forgotten: the right of all children to receive the best education possible,” Myrtle Prichard said. “This was his legacy. If you wish to honor him, be good to a child.”

Larry Prichard was a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University, where he earned a master’s plus 45 in education administration in 1975, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He was superintendent of schools in Carter County, Kentucky, from 1997 to 2006, and was primarily responsible for Carter County receiving a public library; the last county in Kentucky to do so.

“To him, this was unacceptable,” Myrtle Prichard said. “He believed the best way to change your life was to change someone else’s. His favorite quote was by Jesse Stuart: ‘I am firm in my belief that a teacher lives on and on through his students. Good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal.’ ”

Announcement of establishment of the fund, known as the Larry Prichard Memorial Scholarship, took place in a ceremony today in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

Recipients will be incoming freshmen with first preference to students pursuing degrees in education who are residents of Carter County, Kentucky. Second preference will be students from Carter County, pursuing any majors. Third preference will be students from West Virginia, pursuing degrees in education.

All recipients must be in good academic standing with 3.0 GPAs or higher. This award will allow for a new freshman to be chosen each year, and for a total of four students to be recipients of this scholarship at one time.

“Having himself come from humble beginnings, he saw to it that no child was ever discriminated against, regardless of race, creed or status,” Myrtle Prichard said.