In a time when tragedy is making both local and national headlines on what seems to be a daily basis, one Harrogate mother is making her worst nightmare a continuing tribute to her daughter’s memory.
Twelve years ago, Afton Sanders was a senior at Cumberland Gap High School when the vehicle she was driving was hit by a drunk driver. Sanders was killed. Her family was left with a devastating void in their lives.
Sherri Taylor-Hoskins, Sander’s mother, decided to honor her daughter in the best way she knew how — creating a scholarship fund in her memory.
“It is making something out of a tragedy,” said Hoskins. “It keeps (her) memory alive.”
Eleven years later, the scholarship is still allowing Sander’s family to shed a positive light on the tragedy.
“I thank God each and every day for something like this, for something positive to be able to be done from losing my precious only child,” explained Hoskins.
The scholarship is based on need. It is awarded to a senior at Cumberland Gap High School every year.
Garrett Tucker was chosen as this year’s Afton Tara Sanders Memorial Scholarship recipient. Lincoln Memorial University Director of Admissions Sherry McCreary presented Tucker with the award at a ceremony on Friday night.
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100.