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Fallen officer scholarship awarded to Texarkana College student

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Texarkana College has awarded the first recipient of the Officer William Jason Sprague Memorial Scholarship.

Officer Sprague was killed in the line of duty last June while responding to a disturbance at Grady T. Wallace park.

The scholarship was set up with the Texarkana College Foundation in November with a $6,000 donation from Texarkana Funeral Home.  

Since then, it has grown to more than $13,000 from additional donations.  

Scholarship recipient Austin Butts is a Criminal Justice major at Texarkana College.
    
His career goal is to join the FBI.
    
Stephanie Sprague says her husband would be proud of how the money is being used.

"Jason is definitely smiling," said Sprague. "Jason was not an FTO, which is a Field Training Officer, but he definitely took officers under his wing."

"I think it's a honor, said Butts. "I'm the first recipient of it, that makes me feel really important and very honored."

College officials say the goal for the fund is to reach a $25,000 endowed status, so that student scholarships can be awarded indefinitely.

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