Two seniors claim Absher-Moxley scholarships

Molly Slater

Montanna Kuhlman

Two local high school graduates were recently named winners of the Absher/Moxley Memorial Scholarship given through the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation.

Molly Slater, who graduated from East Surry High School Friday night, and Montanna Kuhlman, who graduated from North Surry High School on Saturday, were the 2017 recipients of the scholarships, given in memory of Matthew Absher and Brandon Moxley, who lost their lives as a result of prescription drug addiction

In 2011, Frankie Andrews and his family established The Absher/Moxley Memorial Scholarship through the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, after the death of the two men.

“These young men were deeply beloved by many: their loving family, friends, and Alleghany High School classmates,” the foundation said in announcing the scholarship selections. “They were athletes; they were good kids; but they still lost their lives to prescription drugs. Nothing can take away the pain, but Mr. Andrews and his family wish to help educate the youth about the dangers of prescription drugs. Their goal is to help prevent others from following the same path as Matthew and Brandon.”

Molly and Montanna will each receive a $500 scholarship.

Molly reflected on prescription drug abuse prevention in her application essay, saying, “The prescription drug epidemic does not target one age group, one gender, or one race, yet instead targets any and everyone willing to try…The heartbreak that comes from this abuse and the effects it has on everyone is an issue as a community we need to take serious, get involved in, thereby bringing the epidemic to an end before one more life is destroyed.”

She plans to enter the nursing program at Forsyth Technical Community College.

Montanna said in her application essay: “Drug addiction may start simple enough…What you don’t realize at the time is that you risk ripping the hearts from those who love you. You endanger your body, your mind, and your soul.”

Montanna plans to study marine biology at UNC-Wilmington.

The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation facilitates this scholarship. To make a donation to this program, you may send your check to the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, c/o Absher/Moxley Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 364, Dobson, NC 27017. For more information, contact Ashley Mills, Foundation Liaison, (336) 386-8211 or

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