Family creates Troy Joseph Memorial Scholarship

Troy Joseph with great-granddaughter Moxie Ludlow at a Panther football game in September 2010. (Courtesy Photo)

The family of Troy Joseph, Liberty Hill’s long-time town greeter who passed away in July, has announced that they are establishing a memorial scholarship in his honor, and tying it to an essay contest open to all Liberty Hill High School graduating seniors.

In partnership with The Liberty Hill Independent, the family will award a $1,000 scholarship to one winner of The Troy C. Joseph Senior Essay Contest. Students will be able to choose from six essay questions and write a three-five page essay. The questions will cover a range of issues that were of importance to Joseph.

“We’re proud and extremely pleased to be able to not only honor my father, but to help students continue their education,” said Suzy Lyon, Joseph’s daughter.

Mr. Joseph attended the University of Texas, but left to serve in the United States Navy. He never completed his degree, but took an active role in civic endeavors as longtime member of VFW Post #8200, as an election judge, and a delegate to many state and national conventions. Joseph also served on various city committees, most recently the Parks & Recreation Board where he served until just a few months before his death. For years he served as a board member for the Chamber of Commerce, and could be found later in his life running the downtown Liberty Hill Community Information Center.

Mr. Joseph graduated from Liberty Hill High School in 1937. He was known around Liberty Hill as a man who would always stop and help a friend. He and his wife, Norma, together raised more than a dozen children, numerous grandchildren, and many others who considered him their “Papa Troy.” Mrs. Joseph passed away in June, just 51 days before her husband.

“For me, this is a fitting tribute. My grandfather and I had a special bond, as we’d both engage in these grand debates and discuss political issues for hours. We could both talk the paint off a barn. He was always genuinely interested in your opinion, but he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you if he thought his was better,” said Kate Ludlow, Joseph’s granddaughter. “I hope this contest encourages students to feel comfortable voicing their opinions, and offers them a forum in which to do so.”

“We’re especially grateful to The Independent for the support it will give to this project,” said Mrs. Lyon.

The essay contest questions and rules can be found below, or at Liberty Hill High School. Contest winners will be announced May 1.

The Troy C. Joseph Senior Essay Contest Award – $1,000 scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • A 2012 LHHS Graduating Senior.
  • Proof of admission to an institution of higher education for fall 2012.
  • Description of major course of study and career plan.

Deadline to submit essay is April 15, 2012. Contest winners will be notified by May 1, 2012. Essays may be submitted by mail to The Liberty Hill Independent C/O The Troy C. Joseph Senior Essay Contest, P.O. Box 1235, Liberty Hill, TX 78642, or by email news@lhindependent.com. For additional information, call (512) 778-5577.

Essay questions are also available in person at The Liberty Hill Independent office, 14251 W. State Hwy 29 in Liberty Hill. Copies will also be available in the front office at Liberty Hill High School.

Essay must meet requirements as follows:

  • 3-5 pages in length, in 12pt type on standard 8×10 sheet. Essay must cover at least one of the questions in full, and must be original. By entering essay contest, applicant grants full permission for the work to appear on print and web publication of contest organizer’s choosing. Each essay should include a telephone number to contact the entrant.

Please pick from one of the following topics.

1.  Over your life, how have you been involved in volunteerism? What is your greatest asset in volunteering? What hinders you?

2.  What sets your generation apart from generations past? What do you hope will be your generation’s legacy?

3.  What has been your defining moment to date? Describe an event in your life that changed your perspective on something.

4.  Soon, you’ll be of legal voting age, if you aren’t already. Will you vote? Do you feel that voting makes a difference?

5.  What do you consider the most important historical event? What happened? Why is it significant?

6.  What role do you feel the government should play in our everyday lives?