The Morehead State
University Foundation has announced that Austin William Gilliam of Morehead is
the recipient of the Katie Fryman Memorial Scholarship.
Gilliam graduated from
Rowan County Senior High School and is the son of Missy Childs Gilliam and John
He plans to major in exercise
science at MSU with the goal of becoming a physical therapist.
According to Gilliam,
he was a friend and classmate of Fryman and is honored to receive this award in
“Katie was extremely
important to me and my family; she was my best friend and was considered
family. Whether it was at school or at her house, we always found ways to have
a good time and make each other laugh,” said Gilliam. “She always made me want
to be a better person and friend.
“When Katie passed away
due to her condition many were left heartbroken and sad, but in the same token,
many realized how truly privileged they were to have met someone as special as
Katiebug. She was like no one else I've ever met and had tremendous impact on
me and everyone around her. She was a truly special person and will always be
remembered by me, my family, and anyone who ever had the honor of meeting,
Gilliam was a member of
the football team and the Unite club.
“Her family and I are
very pleased to be able to award this scholarship to Austin. We knew this year’s scholarship was going to
be special because it was being awarded to a member of the class Katie would
have graduated with. We are grateful to
be able to award it to Austin as he truly knew Katie and what she was
about.” said Angela Fryman, Katie’s
Fryman passed away in
namesake was a student at Rowan County Senior High School, an avid supporter of
the RCSHS sports, loved going to school and being with her special friends.
The recipient must be a
full-time MSU incoming freshman, who is a RCSHS graduate. Applicants should submit applications along
with two letters of recommendation and a personal story of influence. The
recommendations should include one from RCSHS faculty or staff and a member of
the Morehead community. The personal influence should reflect on experiences of
the applicant in relation to how someone has made a difference in their life.
Scholarships will be
awarded in the amount of $500 and may increase if additional funding is
available. The recipient will be selected by a committee and is a one-time award
is available by contacting the RCSHS guidance counselor or MSU’s Enrollment
Services at 606-783-2000.
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