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ROY AND CHRISTINE STURGIS CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL TRUST OF DALLAS ENDOWED PRESIDENT'S SCHOLARSHIPS


Roy Sturgis was one of 10 children of an Arkansas farmer and homemaker. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade to work in the sawmills. Mr. Sturgis met and married Texas native Christine Johns. They spent most of their lives in Arkansas, although they lived in Dallas during the 1960s. Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis were successful in the timber and sawmill industries of southern Arkansas and other real estate and business investments. Mr. Sturgis died in 1976, and Mrs. Sturgis died in 1981. Mrs. Sturgis created the Dallas-based charitable trust that bears their names. Although neither had an opportunity to receive an advanced education, they recognized the importance of a formal education for everyone.
      Their generosity through the charitable trust has provided scholarships for many young people attending colleges in Texas and Arkansas.