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Paul Daniels 2012 Scholarships

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:03 pm

First Liberty National Bank, as Trustee of the Paul Daniels Scholarship Trust, announces the awarding of $75,000 in scholarships for the calendar year 2012. The recipients are four students who will graduate from area high schools in May.

These four scholarships are for $18,750 each and will be funded at the rate of $4,687.50 per year for four years.

To be eligible for a scholarship criteria used is: “Graduating seniors, who rank in the top twenty-five (25%) per cent of their class who have the financial need and who intend on being a full-time college student at a four-year institution. Other factors considered are character, citizenship and involvement in extracurricular activities.”

The four scholarships, each in the sum of $18,750, are awarded to the 2012 high school seniors whose names are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alesky Escalante,

Dayton High School

Anna Smith,

Hardin High School

Meaghan Trousdale,

Hull-Daisetta High School

Jake Patrick Vaught, Liberty High School

This is the 11th consecutive year for the granting of scholarships by the Daniels Trust, which was created very generously by Paul Daniels. This trust will provide financial support to many young people for years to come in order for them to obtain an education.

During the past 10 years, Daniels Scholarships totaling $440,000 has been awarded to 37 area high school graduates. This year’s award increases that total to $515,000 awarded to a total of 41 young people from South Liberty County.

Daniels was born in 1919 in Gilmer, Texas. His family later moved to a cotton farm 15 miles from Pittsburg, Texas. Amid the lingering effects of the Great Depression, Paul watched the bank foreclose on his family’s farming operations. It was an experience that he never forgot.

Unable to go to college because of his family’s financial situation, Daniels graduated from high school and went to work in Anahuac harvesting shell. He later became construction superintendent for the same company and later co-owner of a ready-mix cement company in the Liberty area.

Operating on a shoestring budget, he started the Trinity Glass Company in Liberty during the early 1960s and made the business into a commercial success.

He was elected to the Liberty City Council in 1971 and won the office of mayor during the 1974 election, a position he held for three terms.

He sold his business in 1999 and later established the scholarship to benefit graduating seniors from South Liberty County. Daniels passed away at age 85 in October 2004.

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