John C. Curry Memorial Scholarship Established at Northwest

Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects recently announced that Batesville Presbyterian Church, along with church members Billie Lois and Tommy Marshall, have established a scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College to honor the memory of Mr. John C. Curry, a long-time employee of the church.

Curry served for many years as custodian and caretaker of the church facility on Eureka Street prior to his death in November 1996. In addition to his work with the Presbyterian congregation, the Batesville native also held similar positions over the years with several Baptist and Methodist churches in Panola County.

In his later years, the beloved handyman did not have his own transportation so Mrs. Billie Lois Marshall would take him to doctor’s appointments and other places in the area that were not in walking distance.  When he passed away at age 97, Mr. Curry left a generous financial gift to Batesville Presbyterian under the care of the Marshalls, who worked with the church to establish the John C. Curry Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

“Mr. Curry endeared himself to all those he served, and then, even after his death, he further demonstrated his quiet, humble, and generous spirit by a wonderful gift to the last church he served. We are honored to have a scholarship that bears the dear and distinctive name of Mr. John C. Curry,” Canon said.

The proceeds from the endowment are awarded annually to a Northwest student, who is an active member of the church and has been recommended by the Batesville Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew Presbytery Scholarship Committee.  The selection is confirmed by a committee of the Northwest Community College Foundation prior to the awarding of the scholarship. Candidates must be enrolled full-time at Northwest and must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average to continue receiving scholarship payments during the two-year period.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation, visit or contact Canon at srcanon@northwestms.eduor 662-560-1105.

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