Special to the Bulletin
HUNTSVILLE — Kathy Edwards of Brownwood and her daughter, Christy Edwards presented the third annual Michelle Annette Edwards Memorial Scholarship at Sam Houston State University in April.
This year’s recipient is Dayana Borges, originally from Dallas.
Michelle Edwards, a 2003 Brownood High School graduate, had just finished her second year at SHSU and was with her school at a study abroad program in Mexico and was the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident. She died on June 26, 2005.
Borges is the first scholarship recipient .
She is from Dallas, and is the first scholarship recipient from Texas. Her mother, sister and aunt were present to see her accept the award.
Kathy and Christy Edwards, Michelle Edwards’ mother and sister, presented the scholarship to Borges at the SHSU College of Criminal Justice Honors Convocation on April 24, 2008. Also present, lending family support were Michelle Edwards’ aunt Donna Tiemeyer, and her friend Merland Albert. The convocation was held in the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center on the SHSU campus.
The recipient for this award is selected by SHSU each year based on prerequisites set up by Kathy and Christy Edwards. The awardee must be a female criminal justice major in the new field of “Victim Studies.” She must have at least a 3.25 GPA in her major, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Dayana has an overall GPA of 3.75 and has a career goal of working with a federal law enforcement agency.
“Giving the scholarship each year is one of the most meaningful things they do,” Kathy Edwards said, “though it is still very tough being on Michelle’s campus without her there.”