About the Sturgis Family

Supported by the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, the Sturgis Fellowship at the University of Arkansas commemorates the industry and vision of Roy and Christine Sturgis. Having worked in the sawmills since he was a boy, Roy Sturgis was one of ten children of an Arkansas farmer and homemaker.  He eventually met and married Texas native Christine Johns, and the couple made their fortune in the timber and sawmill industries of southern Arkansas.  Roy Sturgis died in 1976, and Christine Sturgis died in 1981, having created the Dallas-based charitable trust that bears their names. Although neither had an opportunity to receive an advanced education, they both clearly recognized the importance of such an education, and their generosity has provided scholarships for many young people attending colleges and universities in Texas and Arkansas.