The Willie Tichenor Scholarship in Plan IIWilliam Evans Tichenor came to The University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2005 as a freshman with a double major in Plan II Honors and Business. At Plan II, as in all other areas of his life, Willie made friends quickly and easily because of his zest for life and huge, happy smile. He saw humor in all situations and challenged people to think.
Willie was in his third year of treatment for osteosarcoma when he began the Plan II Honors program. Even as he struggled with the effects of the disease and its treatment, he brought a joy and vitality to every class he attended, every discussion in which he participated, and every paper he wrote. Music was Willie’s passion throughout his life, and he pursued this interest as lead singer of the band, CloverStreet, and as worship leader in his church youth program. He loved sports, especially basketball, and was an avid snowboarder. He shared his love for learning, music and sports with his friends, new and old. Although Willie was with us only briefly, he made a mark at Plan II and will never be forgotten.
Willie was born in Harlingen on May 15, 1986, but grew up in Dallas. He attended UPUMC Weekday School, Armstrong Elementary, McCulloch and Highland Park High School, graduating in May 2004. Before attending UT Austin, Willie spent a year taking a grueling chemotherapy regime and working as a member of the youth staff at Highland Park United Methodist Church. When he came to UT in the fall of 2005, he became a member of the Texas Iron Spikes and attended the Austin Stone Church. He died at home on March 15, 2006.
The WWWW Foundation, Inc., also called QuadW, was created to honor Willie’s desire to make positive changes in the world around him. Its name stands for “What Would Willie Want?,” and its mission focuses on three areas important to Willie: sarcoma research, personally transforming mission experiences, and higher education. Seven of Willie’s closest friends serve on the board of directors, keeping Willie’s spirit alive in pursuit of these goals.
Willie’s family and the QuadW Foundation (www.QuadW.org) established this scholarship in Willie’s honor to assist Plan II Honors students. QuadW will be happy to learn more about you, your academic plans, and how this scholarship might help you.
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