Probate Judge Gives Out Scholarships

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By Sarah Cantey

Two Bullock County high school graduates get a jump start for a college education. 

Yolanda Ousley and Brent Douglas are the recipients of the second annual JET youth scholarship. The $1,000 scholarships come out of Bullock County Probate Judge James Tatum's personal salary. 

Douglas will be leaving soon for Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. He's double majoring in music and math and later wants to go to grad school for aerospace engineering. 

Ousley will study biology at Alabama A&M. She eventually wants to become an OB-GYN. 

Ousley said, "It'll help me pay for school and get through the hard because I know it is going to be hard because I have a long time before I am going to get there."

Probate Judge James E. Tatum said, "There are so many fathers and mothers of Bullock County who helped me when I was a child, when I was a young man. And it just inspired me if I was able to one day to give back to do my part."

Brent Douglas said, "When people help you, you have to go far. You can't let that be in vain. So I want to say thank you now but I really want to say thank you through my actions." 

Judge Tatum says he will continue this scholarship. He does not accept any donations.

The graduates are selected at random. 

The only requirement is applicants must submit a letter that they are pursuing a college education.