Adkins endowed scholarship at UPIKE

AdkinsPikeville, Ky. - Floyd County native Bertee Adkins has established an endowed scholarship at the University of Pikeville for undergraduate students.

The Dr. Bertee and Mrs. Retta Faye (Jett) Adkins Endowment Scholarship will be available to students beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Bertee Adkins enrolled in Pikeville College in 1949 after graduating from Betsy Layne High School. To help pay tuition, he worked on campus firing up the boilers early every morning. Financially, remaining a student was a struggle so Adkins joined the Air Force. Upon retirement from his military service in 1971, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Adkins then began his career at EKU where he taught business for 25 years. Adkins' late wife, Retta Faye, loved students and often provided free childcare for EKU students.

To qualify for the scholarship at UPIKE, the recipient must demonstrate financial need, have a 2.6 GPA or higher, and have completed a minimum of 30 hours of course work. Adkins is also establishing scholarships at other schools, including his and his wife's high school.

Friends of the Adkins family or the university may contribute to the endowed scholarship. For more information, call (606) 218-5276 or visit the