03 Jun Gary McCurley’s Love for Children Fuels Scholarship Fund
After Huntington native Gary McCurley passed away in 1998, his parents, Ken & Dottie, had the desire to memorialize their son by establishing a legacy in his name. A few years later, with the help of their local community foundation, the Gary W. McCurley Scholarship was born.
The McCurley’s worked with HCCF to craft scholarship criteria that fit Gary’s lifelong interests. The pursuit of business/law studies, acceptance into Indiana University, and active membership in a Christian church are all preferences within the McCurley Scholarship. To this day, the McCurley’s still sift through applications themselves and provide HCCF with valuable guidance into who they believe Gary would have chosen himself. In addition, annual donations to the fund by family members have increased the scholarship’s impact over time.
In a letter written in 2008, Ken & Dottie described their son as “a person who loved children but never was blessed with any of his own. He would buy bicycles for children who had none and clothes and toys for others.” Now eighteen years after his passing, Gary’s love for children lives on through his annual scholarship.
Each year, the McCurley Scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship to one deserving student. We congratulate Mallory Flora for being the 2017 McCurley Scholar!
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