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Younce named recipient of Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship

Younce-E.jpgMorehead State University has announced that Sadie M. Younce of Stambaugh is the 2018-19 recipient of the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship.

She will graduate from Johnson Central High School Friday, May 18.

Younce is the daughter of Robert and Tonya Younce. She had maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average at JCHS.

Younce has been involved in the Student Council, Spirit Council, Honor Choir and Youth Service Advisory Council. She plans to be an elementary or special education teacher.

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 Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033 or

Pictured above, from left: Thom Cochran, Johnson County Schools superintendent; Jane Boggs, who represented the Curtis family; Sadie M. Younce, scholarship winner and Gabe Schadle, enrollment services counselor.