BUCKHANNON — Rewarding students who continue his legacy of valued education and community, the Upshur County Commission announced two local students as recipients of the 2021 James W. Curry Scholarship. This scholarship consists of $2,000 over a two-year period, awarded to two Upshur County residents for $1,000 each.
Curry reportedly treasured education and understood the importance of furthering education to guarantee economic prosperity, as well as bringing that knowledge back to your community to serve. “In 1980, he proved himself a man of his word with the opening of the James W. Curry Public Library and Park to serve the Brooks Hill Community in southern Upshur County, West Virginia,” according to the James W. Curry Library website. Curry had a provision in his will that a scholarship be offered in his memory.
This scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving persons who plan to continue their education upon graduating from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Applicants were required to have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, obtain a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of Upshur County, complete application and submit by May 1 deadline, and show proof of acceptance by an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education, in addition to maintaining academic eligibility to receive the second year of the award.
According to County Administrator Carrie Wallace, seven applications were received; however, one was submitted without an essay, therefore only six applications were eligible for review. Following review from the Curry Library Board, two individuals received the most votes—B-UHS students Laikelyn Leggett and Autumn Cutright. The James W. Curry Public Library Board recommended these two for the Commission’s approval.
The Upshur County Commission approved Leggett and Cutright as the recipients of the 2021 James W. Curry scholarship on May 6, 2021.
For more information about the James W. Curry Library and Park, visit their website at https://sites.google.com/site/jameswcurrylibraryandpark/resources.