Canadian, Texas — A missing Canadian teen's community is honoring him by helping another student go to college.
The Thomas Brown scholarship will be given to a Canadian High School senior May 16th.
Brown vanished about year and a half ago when he was a high school senior, before he could go to college. His family continues to search for him and for answers about his disappearance. Supporters created a scholarship in his name to thank the community for their help trying to find him.
Brown's mother, Penny Meek, will choose the recipient who she says is like her son.
“We’re looking for well-rounded students because that is what Thomas was,” said Meek. “He was in everything. Definitely students that are going to finish college and students that have a need.”
Brown was the senior class president, involved in athletics, drama, 4-H and church.
Students do not apply for the scholarship, instead it is awarded.
“It will be a complete surprise,” said Meek. “They are going to be shocked.”
This is the second year for the scholarship. The amount of the scholarship has a special significance.
“$2,017 for Thomas’ graduating year. We will always give it to a Canadian student,” said Meek.
Brown's family hopes to expand the scholarship beyond Canadian and into other Panhandle communities in the future. To make that happen, donations are needed. Contributions can be made to the 'Thomas Brown Scholarship Fund' at any Happy State Bank location.