Chris Young Gives the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Starts Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University

Chris Young is ringing in the season of giving by funding a gift that can never be taken away — a college education.

Young has established a scholarship fund at his alma mater Middle Tennessee State University in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that will be presented annually to a junior or senior enrolled in the university’s recording industry department. Before competing on Nashville Star in 2006, Young studied at Nashville’s Belmont University and then MTSU, all while performing an impressive 150 shows a year.

“MTSU helped to give me a foundation for the music business, and I want this scholarship to help other students who are looking to take a similar path,” Young said.

As far as Christmas shopping for family, Young loves to go all out. But he is forever banned from buying anything for himself during the holidays.

“My parents actually get mad at me,” he said backstage at ABC’s CMA Country Christmas, which airs tonight (Nov. 28). “They’re like, ‘Don’t buy anything from November forward,’ because they know if a video game or something that I want comes out, I’ll go get it. Then they’ll be like, ‘You ruined the gift.’”

He’s definitely not giving up his PS4 handle either.

“I’m not going to say,” he said. “With my luck, I would be on there doing something goofy and somebody would be like, ‘I think this is that guy.’”

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve is also accepting new and unwrapped toys and books for Toys for Tots at Young’s through Dec. 10 at the remaining dates on his I’m Comin’ Over tour. It’s a cause that hits close to home for the Young family. His sister is a Marine Corps veteran.

His first holiday collection It Must Be Christmas was released on Oct. 14.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.