Miss America to honor late AP writer John Curran

October 25, 2011 - 2:05 PM

LINWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The late Associated Press writer John Curran, a longtime chronicler of the Miss America pageant, will be honored by a scholarship in his name to be awarded to a non-finalist next year.

Curran died of a heart attack last month at his home in Vermont at age 54. He covered the pageant for more than a decade as the AP's Atlantic City correspondent.

"He wrote an awful lot of stories about us. We wanted to do something in his memory," said Art McMaster, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization.

The Curran scholarship will be awarded during a non-televised portion of the competition. It will go to a non-finalist studying journalism.

The pageant, which originated in Atlantic City and recently moved to Las Vegas, will be televised Jan. 14 on ABC.

Donations toward the scholarship can be sent to the Miss America Organization in Linwood, N.J. The organization said all of the money collected in Curran's name will be awarded as a scholarship.