Taylor-Odom Foundation awards scholarships to nine local seniors

The directors of the Taylor-Odom Foundation are pleased to announce that it is awarding the sum of $180,000 in college scholarships for the 2023 calendar year. The recipients are nine Liberty County students graduating from area high schools in May.

Since its inception, the Taylor-Odom Foundation has awarded more than $980,000 in scholarships.

The recipients are:

  • Benjamin Williams – Dayton, $20,000
  • Carleigh Clark – Dayton, $20,000
  • Maiyah Phoummarath – Dayton, $20,000
  • Maria Brito – Dayton, $20,000
  • Zannie Sanchez – Dayton, $20,000
  • Madilyn Day – Hardin, $20,000
  • Kaidyn Smith – Hull-Daisetta, $20,000
  • Kamrie Martin – Hull-Daisetta, $20,000
  • Mason Miller – Liberty, $20,000

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

Davey Lea Taylor Odom and Douglas E. “Doc” Odom
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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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