Here is some excitement to mix in with our somewhat somber COVID-19 reporting. The directors of the Taylor-Odom Foundation are pleased to announce that third y ear of scholarships it is awarding the sum of $132,000 in college scholarships for the 2020 calendar year. The recipients are eight Liberty County students graduating from five area high schools this May. Recipients are: Travis Bennet of Hardin High School earned $20,000, Hailee Cognata of Dayton was awarded $20,000, Laura Davito of Tarkington gets $6,000, Lauren Hickman of Hull-Daisetta was honored by the Taylor Odom Foundation with $20,000, Christian Howard of Tarkington - $20,000, John Jones of LHS earned $20,000, Rafael Martinez of Liberty High recognized with a $20,000 award, and Madalene Russell from Hardin High School was been awarded $6,000. Forty-six students from Dayton, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Liberty and Tarkington submitted applications which were reviewed by the Taylor-Odom Foundation directors before final choices 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 an advanced education. Eligible students must reside in Liberty County and graduate from Hardin, Liberty, Dayton, Hull-Daisetta or Tarkington High Schools. The amount of the scholarships varies based upon a student’s pursuit of a four-year degree, a two-year degree or vocational/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 third year for granting 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.