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.

​​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...

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

For Andria

My dream was denied
My spirit was spent
But an email was sent
A spark countered relent

An answer came through
Gracious and swift
A dialogue began
And my heart took a lift

The lady spoke true
Ideas would flow
A path would emerge
Where joy would grow

This amazing lady of grace
With a Heart of Pure Gold
With a mind so creative
A plan would unfold

Veterans will benefit
For years upon years
My son is now honored
My eyes fill with tears

All this is possible
Because the lady of grace
Brought her magnificent skills
Her beautiful heart to this place

How do you say thank you
When someone changed your life
Who created a path
Which ended your strife

Who gave you a way 
To honor your son
When many years had passed
The dream was far gone

Who stood by your side
Every step of the way
Passionately creating 
A magnificent memory to stay

For the son who has passed
For the Veterans who come
To be Longhorns at last
To find their place in the sun

Thank you is not enough
For the Heart of Pure Gold
Yet extend it I must
And believe in blessings ten-fold

From the depth of my heart, thank you, Andria.

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