Daniel J Curtis Memorial Scholarship Overview 

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans. Although schizophrenia can occur at any age, the average age of onset tends to be in the late teens to the early 20s for men, and the late 20s to early 30s for women. It is uncommon for schizophrenia to be diagnosed in a person younger than 12 or older than 40.Studies have shown that 25% of those having schizophrenia recover completely, 50% show improvement over a ten year period, and 25% do not improve at all. Studies show that fifty percent of those having schizophrenia have not received treatment. Those diagnosed with schizophrenia have a chance at recovery but recovery does not mean cure. There is no cure for Schizophrenia.

The Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Scholarship was established in May 2016 to honor the life of Daniel J. Curtis. Daniel was born on April 4, 1992 as he was a blessing to his parents Chris and Jeanette, as well as his older brother AJ. On December 1, 2015 at the age of twenty-three, Daniel passed away peacefully in his sleep from unexpected complications from the medication utilized to treat his mental illness, schizophrenia.

The Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Scholarship is an annual, external $150.00 scholarship award, that focuses on rewarding ambitious, driven, goal-oriented advocates who are Kennesaw State University Paulding Psychology Program 2+2 seniors. The award will provide a male and female scholarship recipient with a Kennesaw State University Graduation cap, gown, tassel, medallion, and stole, as well as the Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Award. All Psychology majors in the 2+2 Psychology Program at KSU Paulding with at least a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply. Recognizing academic achievement and supporting advocates in honor of Daniel J. Curtis is the main goal for this memorial scholarship. The Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Curtis and Lee families.

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be an Undergraduate Senior in Kennesaw State University Paulding Site 2+2 Psychology Program
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Process:

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Write a 500-1000 word essay answering the following:
    1. Why is Schizophrenia Awareness important?
    2. How does Schizophrenia impact your life or career?
    3. Describe your goals or accomplishments as a Mental Health Advocate.
  3. Submit the application and essay to the Lee Family.
    1. Complete the application, scan the application as a PDF
    2. Email your application and essay to by February 14th

Application Deadline:

February 14th

Scholarship Awarded:

April 4th