The family of Troy Carl Joseph, Liberty Hill’s longtime town greeter who passed away in 2011, will continue to award an annual memorial scholarship in his name, again tying it to an essay contest open to all Liberty Hill High School 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 to five page essay. The questions will cover a range of topics, involving personal ethics and civic responsibilities that Joseph held dear.
“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.
Joseph attended higher education in Austin, but left to serve in the United States Merchant Marines during World War II. He never earned
his degree, but took an active role in civic endeavors as longtime member of the 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 and 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.
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 or those in need. He and his wife, Norma, together raised dozens of children, numerous grandchildren, and many others who considered Joseph their “Papa Troy.” Norma also passed away in 2011, just 51 days before Troy.
“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. I hope this contest encourages students to feel comfortable voicing their opinions, and offers them a forum in which to do so,” says Joseph’s granddaughter Kate Ludlow. “We’re especially grateful to The Independent and Publisher Shelly Wilkison for the support they’ll be giving to this project.”