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West Rusk parent wants answers concerning promised scholarships


POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 11:35am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:39pm

Daelynn Williams' son is one of the 2013 West Rusk graduates who was promised a full ride scholarship to ETBU by Robert Jordan.

Ever since that late May announcement, no money has been seen, and the date for payment continues to be pushed back.

Williams says she and her son, along with many others from his class, are having to drastically change their college plans, and want to know why no more information has been given to them by Jordan, the named benefactor Robert Sturghill, and West Rusk I.S.D.

She wrote a public note to Sturghill and Jordan, and has given KETK permission to post it here.

Dear sirs,
On Wednesday May 29th it was announced that each graduate from West Rusk would be eligible to receive a full 4 year scholarship to ETBU – should they choose to attend and meet the requirements to gain admission to the university. As a parent, of one of these graduates, words cannot begin to express the feelings of gratitude and blessings this announcement brought. I am a single mom who has raised three sons; all 3 have graduated from West Rusk. My youngest son, who has attended West Rusk since kindergarten, graduated with the class of 2013, along with 59 classmates.

I would like to introduce you to the young men and women who are waiting on a decision regarding the ETBU scholarship. Ashley, Jordan, Heather, Ryan, Tiffany, Katie, Hannah, Billy, Tristan, Tyler, Daniel, Leni, Gavin, and Tate have had their lives turned upside down these last couple of months. Many have overcome obstacles in their lives in order to graduate with their class. They are young people who have faced deaths in their families, divorce, family financial problems, their own health issues, and many scandals involving the school. But with the spirit of the West Rusk Raiders, they persevered and rose up to the challenge not allowing anything they face to keep them down. The same spirit that kept New London together after the explosion lives on in the lives of these young men and women.

These are young men and women who were honor students, athletes, band members, and thespians. Young people who desire to be nurses, social workers, teachers, lawyers, businessmen, and other careers that would impact their communities in great ways. Many of these students declined other scholarships because this gracious offer was a better opportunity. As parents, we were greatly encouraged because our sons and daughters would be attending a college where God is honored and the staff truly cares for the students,

So you can imagine our shock and the turmoil of emotions this last month with the uncertainty of when or if the scholarship would be funded. We are not demanding or threatening; as none of these young people feel entitled to this – but all consider it a great blessing and the families an answer to prayer.

What has hurt the most is seeing the disappointment and uncertainty in our sons and daughters. They once thought they would have to lay their true dreams aside to settle for an education they could afford, if any at all. And now all we can do is pray with hope and expectation that what was promised will come to fruition. We ask God to bless you and we ask for God to give us all direction and to provide what is needed. Perhaps He will use you or perhaps others will be touched by this story and fulfill a promise. Hebrews 11:1-2 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”

Only God really knows the plans. But His word does say in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

I know that no matter what happens, these young men and women will continue to rise above and face the challenges that lie ahead. So to all the West Rusk Raiders – Stay true to who you are and who God has created you to be. You may have hit a small road block but never give up. You can reach your dreams – so dream BIG. GO SHOW THE WORLD THAT RAIDER PRIDE. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Daelynn Williams
Proud mom of 3 Raiders.

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These families deserve answers. It's a DISGRACE that the spectacularly incompetent, pompous and arrogant superintendent -- who lied about the money coming imminently right up until the time KETK revealed that it's not coming this year (if it ever will) -- has become the invisible man since the story broke. Accountability starts at the top. The mumbling, bumbling, egotistical WRISD superintendent lacks either the courage or decency to promptly, publicly and honestly own up to what happened here.

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