Scholarships Available For Many East Texans

You've shown overwhelming interest. Just last week our viewers set a record in our "College for Texans" telethon. The former record 1858 calls, you guys, 2400 in one night! So after this incredible response we found out about more scholarships available to East Texas students, some that still don't have any applicants.

Meredith Toulouse of Tyler wants to be a nurse. As a high school senior last year she faced the battle of how to pay for her education.

"We go through how am I going to get money. Where should I go. What scholarship is right for me?" said Meredith.

Meredith applied for many scholarships including the Allen and Nancy Locklin scholarship. It was through the East Texas Communities Foundation

Applicants must show outstanding citizenship and leadership qualities.

"We offer a number of different scholarships. We have 21 scholarships available," said Kyle Penney, CEO/President of East Texas Communities Foundation.

Some of the scholarships through ETCF are for graduating seniors like Meredith, others for particular majors, career choices, or a specific institution.

"We want to find students interested in a particular area and make it possible for them to get some assistance," said Penney, "There are a number of scholarships available for an advanced degree or people who have declared a major in a particular area."

Meredith is one of 50 students this year that will receive part of $160,000 from the foundation. It will pay for her entire education at UT Tyler.

"My family has always struggled financially. So especially to find out it was a full scholarship. It was awesome," said Meredith.

The scholarships range from $500 to $3500 and Meredith says every scholarship counts so she encourages

"Look everywhere. Apply for everything because you really can't lose," said Meredith.

For Meredith it was a dream come true, and maybe with the foundation's help you can have your's come true as well.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.