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Spradlin named recipient of Thomas Raymond Curtis Scholarship

Connor Spradlin PictureConnor Spradlin of Flat Gap, son of Angela and Shawn Spradlin, has been named as the recipient of this year's Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship.   

"I am sincerely grateful to be named the recipient of the Thomas Raymond Curtis Scholarship this year," Spradlin said. "I was thrilled and honored when I learned of my selection. This opportunity means so much to me and my family."  

Each year, at least one Curtis Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Johnson Central High School. These scholars are awarded $10,000 annually to be applied to their studies at MSU.   

This scholarship support is possible because of the generosity of Thomas Raymond Curtis. In 1997, Curtis, an unassuming teacher of 30 years from Flat Gap, chose to leave a lasting legacy for the education of Johnson County students. When he passed away, he left $1.3 million to fund the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship, the most substantial planned gift in the MSU Foundation's history.   

Financial need, academic accomplishment and passion for teaching embody the spirit of this scholarship. Students from Johnson Central High School who plan to further their education at MSU are eligible for the award. Preference is given to students from Flat Gap who plan to pursue a degree in education. The scholarship is renewable for three years if academic eligibility requirements are maintained.   

Students interested in applying for this scholarship, along with other privately funded scholarships managed by the MSU Foundation, should visit the online scholarship application at      

For more information on this scholarship, or to establish your own, contact MSU's Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033, email or visit