J. Matthew Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund
Matthew Moore had accomplished so many of his goals, a young lawyer, married to Lucy Rhodes (now Lucy Goffinet) coaching basketball and working on community projects; he was at home in Perry County. So when he was tragically killed in an automobile accident in November 2003 the family didn’t hesitate to immediately create an endowment fund for a scholarship in his memory. Many people in the community were generous in their support of the project, making donations in his name. The scholarship was created to support a student of average ability from Cannelton or Tell City high schools who demonstrate perseverance and hard work. Matt had some trouble learning to read, but he worked every night and by fourth grade he was reading on his own and enjoying it. He still had difficulty with writing skills even throughout college and law school. One of his professors at University of Evansville commented on an exam paper that he could not understand how Matt could have such good ideas and not be able to write a decent sentence. He passed Algebra II because of much tutoring and nightly study sessions. He played basketball on the B team in junior high and sat on the bench most of his senior year until Senior Night when they beat New Albany, a top ten team, and then went on to win the sectional that year. He often got discouraged, but he never gave up. He always knew he would return to Perry County. He was born in Jasper and moved to Tell City in grade 4, but he called Perry County home. He and Lucy had always planned to come home and settle in Cannelton as soon as both of them had finished law school. He jumped right in to Kiwanis, the J C, the St. Michael’s Church council, and the Humane Society because he wanted to help improve Perry County. He began helping coach the Cannelton Junior High Boys Basketball team even before he got his law office opened. He loved working with kids. The first game he coached was a Saturday morning tourney and when they lost (resoundingly), he took the boys back to the gym for a four hour fundamentals camp. He was so proud of the boys because they rose to the challenge of much harder work outs and no one quit. He wasn’t a stellar student or athlete, but he was successful at both because he worked hard and persevered to overcome his limitations. Creating a scholarship and doing so through the Perry County Community Foundation was another way to continue his support of Perry County and hopefully support young people who will come home to become leaders.