With tears in his eyes, Dick Young talked about his wife’s legacy Monday as the Exchange Club of Killeen presented the first Teresa Young Scholarship award.

Teresa Young died in December at age 62 after losing her battle with cancer.

“In the 52 years I had the pleasure of being with her, I never once heard her use profanity,” Dick Young said, “I never once heard her speak ill of anybody; she always looked for the good in others. ... She took great pride in trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.”

President-elect Charlie Guidry said club members found themselves in uncharted territory after Teresa Young’s death because she had been chosen as the club’s 2014 Golden Deed recipient. The award honors the selfless volunteer efforts of members.

Before she died, Teresa Young and the Exchange Club set up a scholarship fund for local senior high school students in area Excel clubs. Criteria for the scholarship include need and character, not just class rank, said Jarrod Young, son of Teresa Young.

This year’s recipient of the $1,000 scholarship was Harker Heights Excel Club president and high school senior Essyria Price, who plans to attend Baylor University in the fall to study pediatric surgery. Guidry said he “heard Teresa’s voice” in Price’s scholarship application.

“I want to read something that her counselor wrote: ‘If you mixed a bottle of sunshine with intelligence, beauty and drive, you get Essyria Price.

She is truly an exceptional lady both inside and out,’” Guidry said.

Contact Courtney Griffin at cgriffin@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7559

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