Willie McCool scholarship bolstered by fitness group

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Updated: 9/16/2013 10:54 pm

The Lubbock scholarship named for astronaut Commander Willie McCool just received monies by the West Texas Endurance half marathon. The group presented a $1,000 check to the memorial scholarship on Monday.

McCool, a Coronado High graduate was piloting the space shuttle Columbia when it disintegrated over Texas in February 2003.

The father of Willie McCool, Texas Tech professor Dr. Barry McCool said the scholarship helps a deserving high school graduate attain greatness.

"To give you a real sample of what this means. I just had a parent come up to me and said that 2 years ago, her son was the recipient of the Willie McCool scholarship and he is now a second-year cadet at West Point. I think that says a tremendous amount of what this is all about, what students can do with this money."

Dr. McCool participated in the half marathon last Spring, and the jersey he wore will be displayed in Coronado's library.

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