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Golf Tournament Raises $13,500 for Scholarships

Texas State Technical College accepted a check from the Clay Aaron Cantrelle Memorial Golf Tournament for $13,500 to use towards the Clay Aaron Cantrelle Scholarship. This tournament was the third annual to be held and has raised approximately $35,000 total.

“We are so grateful to have the Cantrelle family as part of our TSTC family,” said Baily Atchley, Director of Marketing and Communications for the TSTC Marshall campus.

Clay Cantrelle graduated from TSTC Marshall with a degree in computer technology. After graduation, he built an apartment in his parent’s mechanic shop. About 3 a.m. on May 8, 2010 an electrical fire caused the entire shop and apartment to burn to the ground. Cantrelle died in the fire.

Inspired by his son’s generous nature, Clay’s parents set out to find a way they could keep his memory strong through charity.

“My son went to TSTC,” said Steve Cantrelle, Clay’s father. “He was always a real giving person. I thought that the best way to keep his memory alive was to give back to his college.”

“The Cantrelles have such a love for TSTC, and their generosity allows returning students to continue their educations with us,” said Atchley

Cantrelle hopes the annual tournament will continue to grow and draw in more participants and donors.

“My next goal for the tournament is to have at least 18 teams,” he said. “I want to see the tournament grow.”

To be considered for the scholarship, TSTC Students must be a returning student and write a 300-500-word essay and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Once the students receive the scholarship, they are required to write a thank you note to the Cantrelle family.

“I thank TSTC for helping us with this,” Cantrelle said. “Thank you to everyone who has participated or donated to this cause.”











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