Fort Davis library friends award scholarships

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY - It was a tough decision but a panel of Board members chose two winners from several applications for the annual Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library scholarship competition, Cordel Posch and Jama Grace Williamson.

The special funds named in memory of past Friends president, Nancy Robinson in 2013 and the late author, Bryan Woolley in 2016 will help Posch and Williamson pursue their dreams in higher education.

Posch will embark on a career as a diesel mechanic beginning with his studies at Texas Technical College in Waco. He plans to “specialize in off-highway heavy equipment and eventually open a business.” The scholarship will aid him with tuition and tools required to learn the skills.

Cordel impressed the judges with the number of honors and advanced courses in high school along with his natural aptitude for industrial arts.

Williamson expects to enter Texas Tech University this fall to major in public relations and theatre since she “feels most alive when on stage.” Her essay told of “fulfillment portraying a different persona and captivating a crowd as exhilarating, evoking emotions.” This helped her realize where her passion is.

Jama has been a strong competitor in UIL along with activities in journalistic writing contests, sports, and Future Farmers of America.

Since the Friends scholarship competition began in 2006, a total of 27 students have now been recognized. The addition of Cordel and Jama brings the total to $32,250 in scholarships available to students of Fort Davis, Valentine, homeschoolers, and the High Frontier residential center.