TEC Announces D. L. Fail Memorial Scholarship Winners

BAY SPRINGS, Miss. – TEC recently awarded $5,000 in tuition scholarship monies for two high school students in its service area. TEC is a long-time supporter of higher education in Mississippi and wishes to address the many potential setbacks for area students to afford collegiate fees.

“It is our hope that young people will use this opportunity to enhance their scholastic careers, their communities, and themselves. TEC is especially pleased to be able to offer educational support to our local students,” stated Joseph Fail, president of TEC.

Quade Clark, a senior from Stringer Attendance Center (SAC), is the first place winner of the 2014 D. L. Fail Memorial Scholarship. Clark’s one-year scholarship is worth $3,000. He aspires to attend the University of Mississippi to pursue a career in Business Administration. Clark is the son of Robert and Debra Clark of Stringer.  His hobbies include golf, fishing and hunting. His honors include Silver Presidential Community Award, Citizenship Award, Most Courteous, and Advanced Student on all subject area tests.  Clark is a member of the SAC golf team and SAC band. 

Cade Anderson, a senior from Sylva Bay Academy (SBA), is the second place winner for 2014. His one-year scholarship is worth $2,000. He aspires to attend the University of West Alabama and major in Pre-Medicine. Anderson is the son of Michael and Regina Phillips Anderson of Louin. While attending First Baptist of Bay Springs, his hobbies include fishing, hunting, reading, and electronic gaming.  He is a member of FBLA, the Honor Society, FCA, Mu Alpha Theta, SBA annual staff, SBA football team, SBA basketball team, SBA track team, and the Quiz Bowl.  Anderson is also co-founder of the Seth Harris Childhood Cancer Club which is the Junior Division of the Seth Harris Childhood Cancer Foundation. His awards include the highest and second highest academic honors, and the Presidential Community Service Award. 

“The scholarship’s purpose is to encourage young citizens to pursue higher education, establish life goals, and voluntarily serve their community,” said Teresa Odom, manager of TEC. “We are grateful to our customers and are honored to have the opportunity to say thank you through this scholarship.”

 “We established this scholarship to honor and remember my father, D.L. Fail, and his pioneering efforts in the independent telephone industry and in his community,” added Fail.

TEC opens the scholarship to eligible students each October.


 Quade Clark    Cade Anderson
Quade Clark
1st Place Winner
  Cade Anderson
2nd Place Winner


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