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Matthew J. Curley of Madrid Named Clarkson University Mike Morrison Scholar
Matthew J. Curley, son of Nora and Jack Curley of Madrid, N.Y., has been named the 2004-05 Clarkson University Mike Morrison Memorial Scholar.
Curley, who is a history and pre-law major, will be a sophomore this fall. He is the 12th recipient of the esteemed scholarship, named for the late Clarkson hockey star Mike Morrison.
Curley was selected for his participation in athletics, his loyalty to teammates, his academic promise, and his desire to succeed – all attributes Morrison displayed every day.
“I am honored to be named a Morrison Scholar,” said Curley. “Mike Morrison’s success at Clarkson is a model worth following, and I hope to carry out his tradition of excellence on the ice and in the classroom. My first year at Clarkson has been a memorable one. The academics were every bit as challenging as I expected, and as for the hockey, it was more than I could have hoped for.”
Mike Morrison entered Clarkson in September 1985 as a "walk-on" (non-scholarship) forward from Bellingham, Mass., and went on to star for and captain the Clarkson University Golden Knights varsity hockey team during his senior year (1988-89).
Morrison was killed in a tragic construction accident several months after his graduation. His parents, Ed and Shirley Morrison, and family and friends established the Mike W. Morrison Scholarship Trust, a private foundation, for the purpose of creating a scholarship fund at Clarkson in their son's name.
Curley was a steady rookie rearguard for the Golden Knights this year, demonstrating solid Division I play. He recorded the lone goal of the season in Clarkson's victory over Colgate in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal game in Albany in March. Despite an injury that sidelined him for six games early in the season, Curley skated in 35 games.
He has also demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and to participation in the community life of Clarkson, serving as the Golden Knights team representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
Prior to enrolling at Clarkson, Curley played for the Hawkesbury Hawks of Ontario. He earned Central Junior “A” Hockey League All-Star honors while serving as an assistant captain in his second season for the Hawks last winter under head coach Eric Vielieux. He scored 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists through 54 games in 2002-03. Curley was named Hawkesbury’s Best Defenseman for the 2001-02 season.
He also played two years (1999-2001) at the National Sports Academy and two seasons at Norwood-Norfolk High School (1997-99), helping the Flyers win the 1999 Section X Championship.
Despite a demanding athletics schedule, Curley was a standout high school student who was named to the National Honor Society for three years. He was also class president and captain of both the hockey and soccer teams his last year of high school.