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Jenkins native creates scholarship to EKU for Letcher Co. students

A Jenkins native who retired after a successful career in real estate in Lexington has created a scholarship endowment for students from Letcher County to attend Eastern Kentucky University.

Ed Maggard, EKU class of 1969, earned a degree in Business Administration, and went on to have a highly successful real estate career in Lexington.

“Being from the mountains of eastern Kentucky as well as a below average student, my EKU experience offered me a new respect for and perspective on life,” said Maggard. “My degree was both an educational and social gift, along with hot showers and a clean living environment.”

Maggard was born in Jenkins in 1945, to Ed and Iva Maggard. His father passed away when he was seven years old and although his mom offered a stable and loving home, he struggled throughout his early years. Maggard remains proud of his eastern Kentucky heritage and said he knows the goodness, beauty and potential that exists.

Now Maggard and Ann, his wife of 46 years, want youths from Letcher County who just need a “leg up”, to succeed as he did and to dream what is possible. They established the Ed and Ann Maggard Letcher County Endowed Scholarship fund in 2019, and have recently fully funded the endowment totaling $25,000 in donations. The Maggards are committed to supporting students from Whitesburg and throughout the county that are in a similar-financial situation to that which Ed experienced at their age — those who may need this extra support to give them the financial confidence to take this important step.

“ffis donation will give many Letcher County natives the opportunity to pursue their dreams and unlock a potential they may not have recognized in themselves,” said Melinda Murphy, EKU’s director of gift and estate planning. “We are so thankful for the generosity shown by the Maggard family.Their legacy will live on through the students they support for generations to come. It is always heartwarming to see alumni give back so others can receive the life changing experience that is higher education.”

Ed and Ann are members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, and have two sons, Eddie, of Lexington, and Michael, of Asheville, N.C., and three grandchildren, Bowen, Reese and Max. Ed Maggard’s sister, Jolinda Maggard Wright, still resides in Whitesburg.

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