Royce Curtis Excellence in Education Endowed Scholarship

 The Royce Curtis Excellence in Education Endowed Scholarship Fund

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The 2017 recipient was Nydia Gomez
Bracken Kolle


During its 20th class reunion, the Class of 1993 announced the scholarship fund, which will help future Eagles reach their goals of a college education, to a very surprised Royce Curtis. Royce served as the AHS principal for 14 years and as the AISD associate superintendent of personnel for seven years, before retiring in 2010.

Mr. Curtis began his education career as a teacher at Travis Elementary School and eventually became the principal at Locust Elementary, followed by Woodson Skill Center, Reagan Elementary, Valley View Elementary, and Franklin Middle School. Many students from the Class of 1993 had Mr. Curtis as a principal beginning in the sixth grade at Franklin Middle School and graduated under his administration from Abilene High School, where he served as principal from 1989 until 2003. Mr. Curtis personified the Eagle spirit and a love for seeing his students succeed. This fund honors his legacy at Abilene High by awarding a deserving college-bound senior with a scholarship.

The student must show motivation for success and involvement in Abilene High activities. The student must also attend college in the state of Texas.

The $25,000 endowment was established by AHS ’93 graduate Bracken Kolle and his wife, Joana.  Kolle, who was also valedictorian of his class, has committed to match additional pledges and donations to the endowment up to an additional $25,000.

If you would like to contribute to the Royce Curtis Excellence in Education Endowed Scholarship Fund online, click here or download the appropriate form.

You may also use these forms to distribute information to your fellow alumni during a class reunion or other Abilene High event.