Gaster is inaugural Biggs Scholarship recipient
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Dothan High School Senior Emma Gaster was presented the inaugural Jeffery Biggs Memorial Scholarship during the annual youth council dinner of the Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership Monday night.


The $500 scholarship was established by the partnership and is given to a member of the organization’s youth council. Biggs came to the DHCSAP in 2009. Within two weeks he had formulated plans for the partnership’s Dancing With the Stars/Dothan Style fundraiser and gained the respect of the youth council, coworkers and area leaders.


After two years, however, Biggs accepted employment with a local industry and left the partnership. He carried with him a desire to enter the DWTS fundraiser himself, but three years ago, discovered he had cancer. After numerous rounds of treatment, he died a year-and-a-half later, leaving behind grateful members of the partnership, who make no bones about the fact his fundraising efforts saved the non-profit.


A native of Andalusia, Biggs passed as a husband, father of one, son and brother. He left behind many friends, solid work in the newspaper field and his time at Troy State University.


The $500 scholarship received by Miss Gaster will help take her to the University of Alabama in the fall. The ongoing scholarship will continue going to future members.


The council is composed of eighth through 12th graders in Dothan and Houston County schools, who help further the partnership’s work of teaching young people about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.