Nickolas R. Bailey

The Morehead State University Foundation and its social work program at Prestonsburg announced the establishment of the Nickolas R. Bailey Memorial Scholarship, a fund to benefit MSU Prestonsburg students.

MSU also announced that it will host an event on the Prestonsburg campus this weekend to honor Bailey. 

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Nickolas R. Bailey, 25, of Mousie, who died in a motorcycle wreck on May 17 in Martin. 

Bailey was a family preservation and reunification specialist for KVC Behavioral HealthCare. He graduated from MSU Prestonsburg with a bachelor’s degree in social work and volunteered with the Prestonsburg Student Association of Social Work.  

“We are all so honored that there is a scholarship that will be awarded in Nick’s name,” his wife Jessica Bailey said. “He valued his education and always wanted to set a good example for our son. He was an amazing husband and an even more amazing father. With this scholarship, our son will grow up knowing education is important and be reminded of everything his dad accomplished.”  

In addition to his wife, Bailey is survived by his son, Greyson Nickolas Bailey, his parents Kenneth and Victoria Bailey of Prestonsburg and his sisters Katrina Simpkins and Kaitlyn Bailey of Prestonsburg. 

MSU will honor him at an event that will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, on the Prestonsburg campus. 

“Guests will have the opportunity to join us for grilling and games. We will be selling T-shirts honoring Nick and all proceeds will support the scholarship,” said Deirdra Robinson, MSU Prestonsburg social work program facilitator. “This is a family-friendly event hosted by the MSU Prestonsburg Bachelor of Social Work Class of 2018 and we invite the public to attend.”   

Nickolas R. Bailey scholarship recipients must be a first-semester senior in the social work program at MSU Prestonsburg with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA, an interest in social justice and a documented history of volunteer social work.   

To learn more about MSU at Prestonsburg, visit,, or call, (606) 886-2405.  

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