Good samaritan offered full scholarship at local school

A Mid-South teenager is rewarded for being a good samaritan.

In March, Heather Fox saw a woman with a baby in need on Sam Cooper Boulevard and offered her a ride.  Minutes into the ride, the woman, Shana Butler, held a gun on Fox and demanded money.  Fox was shot when she jumped from the car.

Luckily, 18-year-old Ashley Sanders was there to help.

After airing the pair's tale last week on Action News 5, Mid-South viewers responded.

Olivia Bowden contacted Action News 5's George Brown after hearing Sanders had saved Fox's life, and had the desire to go to school to become a pharmacy technician.  Bowden teaches the pharmacy technician program at the Tennessee Technology Center.  "When I saw the interview, I was compelled," Bowden said.

Because Sanders needed help with tuition, Tennessee Technology Center director Russell Shelton got involved, offering her a full scholarship.  "Take someone who has shown a positive, a positive...trying to save a life, trying to help someone," Shelton said.  "That's the type of student we want."

Shelton believes Sanders would fit well into the Pharmacy Tech program. "I think she would really enjoy this program," he said. "We've had great success with it."

In fact, the school has a placement rate of 90%, and Bowden hopes Sanders will be included in that number.

To watch George's original story, click the video link on this page.

Click here to email George Brown