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School district offers full college scholarships to students

NEW LONDON, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas group has solved the problem of college tuition for one East Texas school district.

In an announcement today at West Rusk High School, a group, including alumni, announced that a fund has been set up to provide a full ride to any student to attend East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

"Everyone that meets the requirement will receive a full scholarship to East Texas Baptist University," said West Rusk Superintendent Tommy Alexander.

Students were amazed.

"It was just like wait! What did he say? We get to go to college for free? That's amazing," says sophomore Eli Nicks.

"I heard it and I did a double take at first," says 16 year old Allison Nutt.

With an anonymous benefactor and a war chest to draw from. A group, including alumni, announced that a fund has been set up to provide a full ride to any student to attend East Texas Baptist university, not just this year or next year, but every year.

"There's kids that haven't been born yet that will benefit from this. A lot of kids that graduate don't have an opportunity to go to college, community college or whatever," Alexander says.

"Most of us have a lack of money and can't change it , its just how it is. But this opportunity of giving someone a chance of something to do with their life it'll be amazing for the people," Nutt says.

"You say I couldn't go to college because I couldn't afford it. That won't happen again here," Alexander says.

Students are only required to have a passing grade point average to meet the requirements of ETBU.

The tuition money comes with no strings attached and will be available to any student who wants to achieve a college education. 

ETBU Director of Public Relations Mike Midkiff released a statement saying: "East Texas Baptist University is just as surprised as theWest Rust High School students about this scholarship announcement. Nothing has been formalized with the University at this time but we are excitedabout the possibility of a partnership to aid these students."

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