Special to the Bulletin

Jacque Jenkins has been named the recipient of the second annual Michelle Annette Edwards Memorial Scholarship at Sam Houston State University.

Michelle Edwards, a 2003 graduate of Brownwood High School, had just completed her second year at SHSU when she was killed on June 26, 2005, while with her school at a study abroad program in Mexico.

The recipient for the Michelle Annette Edwards Memorial Scholarship award is selected each year by SHSU faculty and administration. The award is based on prerequisites set up by Kathy and Christy Edwards, Michelle Edwards’ mother and sister.

According to their criteria, the award recipient must be a junior or senior female criminal justice major in the new field of “victim studies.” The student must have at least a 3.25 GPA in her major, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Jenkins, from Kansas, has similar career interests as Michelle, said Kathy Edwards, who with her daughter, Christy, and sister, Debi Mulkey, presented the scholarship to Jenkins at the SHSU College of Criminal Justice Honors Convocation, on April 26, 2007.

Kathy Edwards explained that a particular bonus for the two students who have received the scholarship is that when an out of state student wins this scholarship, it qualifies her for instate tuition, which saves her family approximately $10,000 in tuition costs.

“That really adds to the excitement of giving the scholarship,” Kathy Edwards said. “The scholarship also keeps Michelle’s memory alive at the school she loved so much. There is now a beautiful plaque with Michelle’s name and picture on it hanging in the hall of the George Beto Criminal Justice building. It lists each recipient of her scholarship.”