Taylor-Odom Foundation awards $112K in scholarships for Liberty County students

The directors of the Taylor-Odom Foundation are pleased to announce it is awarding the sum of $112,000 in college scholarships to seven Liberty County students graduating from area high schools this May.

The recipients are: Dylan Balch of Hardin, $6,000; Presley Blackmon of Tarkington, $20,000; Hayden Cognata of Dayton, $6,000; Devin Ewing of Dayton, $20,000; Bailey Luke of Hull-Daisetta, $20,000; Bryce McQueary of Hardin, $20,000; and Kori Tulley of Liberty, $20,000.

Twenty-six students from Dayton, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Liberty and Tarkington submitted applications, which were reviewed by the Taylor-Odom Foundation directors before final selections were made.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial aid to graduating high school seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford advanced education. Eligible students must reside in Liberty County and graduate from either Hardin, Liberty, Dayton, Hull-Daisetta or Tarkington high schools.

The amount of the scholarship varies based upon a student’s pursuit of a four-year degree, two-year degree or vocation/technical certification from accredited institutions in the state of Texas. Evaluations are also made with respect to the applicant’s character, general attitude, initiative, leadership and potential for achievement.

This is the second year for the granting of scholarships by the Taylor-Odom Foundation. The Foundation was created to honor two parents, Davey Lea Taylor Odom and Douglas E. “Doc” Odom, who instilled in their children that knowledge through high education and hard work are keys to a good life.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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