South Plains College Foundation announces scholarship for graphi

South Plains College Foundation announces scholarship for graphic arts students

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LEVELLAND, Texas -

(Press Release)

In some families, the daughter is described as the apple of her father’s eye. That was true for Maggie Davidson and her father Paul. Unfortunately, the special bond the two of them shared ended sooner than either could have imagined.

On Feb. 25, 2017, 30-year-old Maggie died as a result of an automobile crash caused by a drunk driver. The news was especially hard for Paul who was home recovering from a two-month hospital stay in Lubbock. The early morning knock on the door by members of the Levelland Police Department left him sitting on the steps as if his breath had been taken away. Now he had to plan a funeral as well as continue his own physical recovery.

“Maggie loved everything and everybody,” Paul said. “She helped anybody who needed it and that included all varieties of two-legged and four-legged beings. If she found a puppy in a field, she would stop to help him.”

Maggie was the youngest of the Davidsons’ children. Paul and his wife Becky are also the parents of two sons, Steven, 36; and Michael, 33. She grew up in Levelland and graduated from South Plains College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts. She worked for Elite Signs and Design in Lubbock at the time of her death.

Paul and Becky Davidson have given $25,000 to the South Plains College Foundation Board of Directors to establish the Maggie Davidson Memorial Scholarship. Last year, the fund awarded five Impact Scholarships to students majoring in Design Communications: Alexis Johnson of Amarillo; Jasmin Rios of Lubbock; Samantha Sanchez of Lubbock; Adriana Solis of Lubbock; and Xavier Medina of Lubbock. This year’s recipient is Carson Daniel of Lubbock. The impact scholarships were made possible with contributions from the faculty, staff, students, friends and family.

“I was so touched by the cards, letters and emails we received from people who knew Maggie,” Becky said.

“She had made so many friends all around the world,” Paul said. “She was very active in the online creative community of web comic artists and gamers.”

Davidson said there’s a wall in the Technical Arts building near the Graphic Arts Program that is adorned with the names of every graduate of the program. The graduates each selected his or her own pantone color. There’s also one bearing the name of Maggie Davidson 3262 on that wall.

“We want people to remember her, and know that she touched many lives in the short time she was here,” the parents said. “She was a creative soul who cared about her family and friends. She was a champion to those who couldn’t speak for themselves.”

For more information about ways to support scholarships and students at South Plains College, contact Julie Gerstenberger, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at (806) 716-2020.

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