MOREHEAD – Morehead State University has announced that Kelsey Lynne Estep of Keaton and Jason Micheal Stapleton of Paintsville are the 2016-17 recipients of the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship.
Both will graduate from Johnson Central High School Friday, May 27.
Estep is the granddaughter of Orville and Beverly Estep. She has been involved in the JCHS Concert Band, Pep Band, Operation School Shoe and takes private violin, guitar and singing lessons. Estep inspires to be an English teacher.
A Flat Gap native, but was relocated due to the 2015 flood. Stapleton is the son of Paul Stapleton and Kim Castle. An active member of the JCHS Juice Crew, he developed a digital electron design project as part of his club’s innovation project.
Each year, at least one Curtis Scholarship is awarded from the JCHS graduating class. These scholars are awarded $10,000 annually to be applied toward their studies at Morehead State University.
This scholarship support is possible because of the generosity of Thomas R. Curtis. In 1997, Curtis, an unassuming teacher of 30 years from Flat Gap, decided to do an extraordinary thing. He chose to leave a lasting legacy for the education of Johnson County students. When he passed away, he left the largest bequest in the MSU Foundation’s history, $1.3 million, to fund the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship.
Students from Johnson Central High School who plan to further their education at Morehead State University are eligible to apply for the award. Preference is given to students from Flat Gap who plan to pursue a degree in education. The award is renewable for three years if academic eligibility requirements are maintained.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting MSU’s Office of Development at 606-783-2033.