Honoring & Remembering

who gave     who served    who sacrificed

The SGT Tyrell Seth Williams, USMC
Endowed Scholarship
The University of Texas at Austin

Established 2017 in support of Veterans attending
The University of Texas at Austin

On  11 February 2008, less than 90 days returning from his 3rd tour in Iraq, my son was killed in a
hit-and-run in Austin, TX.  He died in the street alone.  It wasn’t until he was struck a second time, and nearly an hour later, that law enforcement and emergency services were notified.  The perpetrator was never identified.

These past 9 years have been a journey of healing whereby the death of my son began a series of losses that were a catalyst in re-defining myself. To use my experiences, skills and expertise for the purpose of helping others.

Nevertheless, my healing requires a closure which can only occur once I establish a way to honor my son the man, and my son the Marine. Creating a need-based endowed scholarship for Veterans attending The University of Texas at Austin is my closure; an expression which transforms this tragedy into grace.
In Appreciation

My son gave me a keychain which bears the message “Once a Marine Mom, Always a Marine Mom”.  I carry it with pride and believe it is a representation of my membership in the Marine family. 

This endowment expresses who Tyrell was.  He supported his family, his friends, and his brothers and sisters in service to our country by graciously giving from his beautiful heart. Establishing this endowment is an expression of my love and my desire to honor my son; attending The University of Texas at Austin was his dream when he returned home.

With honor you have served our country and now you are diligently moving forward with your life.  It is my hope this scholarship will fuel your desire to stay the course; to accomplish your dream.  Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.  It is a privilege to be a part of your journey .

"Fair Winds and Following Seas,
​SGT Williams"  
1st SGT McDonald.

A very special thanks to 

Andria Brannon, MS, JD
Director of Gift and Estate Planning
University Development Office
The University of Texas at Austin

for her unwavering commitment and support in creating this magnificent gift

I encourage you to learn how you can support our Veterans
by contacting the University Development Office   at
The University of Texas at Austin

It is time to be of service to those who served us so faithfully...