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Gilliam is recipient of Fryman Memorial Scholarship

  • Fryman winner 2014
    From left, Ethan Fryman and Austin William Gilliam.

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 Gilliam.

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 her memory.

“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, Katie Fryman.”

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 mother.

Fryman passed away in 2013.

The scholarship 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 (not renewable).

Additional information is available by contacting the RCSHS guidance counselor or MSU’s Enrollment Services at 606-783-2000.

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