Book sales go to scholarship; senior girls apply

By Paige Nash 

Local Minden author Tommie Brewster and her family are looking to award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating female senior this May.  

Brewster recently self-published the book, “Footprints in the Mud: A Pathway of Evidence,” a biography about her late sister, Myrtle Newsom, who suffered from an abusive marriage and lost her life at the age of 19. The book quickly made its way to the #1 New Release in the American Drama and Plays category on Amazon. 

The book recounts Myrtle’s life growing up as a young woman and how one wrong decision changed her life and the life of everyone who knew and loved her forever.  

“After losing Myrtle, it really changed our dad, but he would always preach to us the importance of education, so if we ever got ourselves into a hard situation, we would have a way to get out, a way to provide for ourselves,” said Brewster.   

For that reason, it was decided all proceeds raised from book sales will go toward the “Myrtle Newsom Scholarship Foundation.”  

This scholarship will be awarded to a local, young female from a low-income household or first-generation college student who has hopes and plans to continue her education in the field of her choice. The scholarship will be given in remembrance of Myrtle Newsom, but also their father, Thomas Newsom.  

The student will be chosen based on their application and essay that should be submitted by the deadline of April 30, 2023.  

Criteria for the “Myrtle Newsom Scholarship” based on need are as follows: 

– Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident  

– Female 

– Studying full-time for the upcoming year  

– Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher  

– Completed application and essay  

– Demonstrate financial need (Low-income household) or First-generation college student  

Please click the link below to access the scholarship application. The family has been in contact with all Webster Parish high schools and has forwarded this information to the counselors. They are looking forward to awarding this scholarship in time for graduation in May. 

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