The Royce Curtis Excellence in Education Endowed Scholarship will be awarded by AEF beginning in May 2014.
Dr. Bracken Kolle, who with his wife, Joana, established the endowment with a $25,000 donation, announced the new scholarship last week at the 20-year reunion of the Class of 1993. Kolle, valedictorian of his AHS class who now works as an anesthesiologist in Houston, also announced that he would match donations to the endowment up to an additional $25,000.
Curtis was principal at AHS for 14 years and later served as Abilene ISD Associate Superintendent for Personnel for seven years until retiring in 2010. He began his career as a teacher at Travis Elementary School and was principal at Locust Elementary, Woodson Skill Center, Reagan Elementary, Valley View Elementary and Franklin Middle School. He still works part-time as an adjunct education instructor for Hardin-Simmons University and serves on the elected board of the Abilene Teachers Credit Union.
Kolle, president of the student council and a member of the cheer squad during his days as an Eagle, left AHS in 1993 to earn his bachelor’s degree from Rice University. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and currently lives in Sugarland with his wife and two children.
Anyone interested in adding to the scholarship endowment can send a tax deductible donation to the Abilene Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1999, Abilene, TX, 79604. AEF executive director Jean McMillon said that AEF will notify Mr. Curtis of each gift in his honor.