Faust, Hall and Douglas Scholarship established at Northwest
The Northwest Mississippi Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship that was recently established to benefit students with a dire financial need, according to Sybil Canon, associate vice president of development and special projects. The Faust, Hall and Douglas Endowment was recently established by Deborah Faust in memory of her parents Gene and Juanita Hall and her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Tommy Douglas.
Faust graduated from Northwest in 1970 in the cosmetology program and operated her own salon, “As You Like It” for 26 years in the St. Charles, Mo., area. Her husband Norris Faust, Jr., who with his siblings established the Faust Farms Endowment in November 2010, also graduated from Northwest.
Faust’s parents, Gene and Juanita Hall were from Tibbs, near Sledge, and lived there the majority of their lives. Gene Hall worked for Quitman and Tunica counties in county road construction and his wife worked at a local manufacturing company. The Halls encouraged Faust, her sister Sheila Douglas, and their brother Jody Hall to further their education. “My mother was determined that her children were going to amount to something,” Faust said. Juanita Hall had quit school her senior year, but at age 67 she proudly earned her GED. All of their children and grandchildren attended Northwest.
Faust’s sister Sheila Douglas worked at Copiah-Lincoln Community College as secretary to the dean of the Vocational-Technical Program for 25 years. She majored in Elementary Education at Northwest. Her husband Tommy Douglas attended Northwest and then joined the United States Air Force where he specialized in aviation maintenance. He also took courses at Hinds Community College and Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Tommy Douglas taught Aviation Maintenance Technology at Northwest from 2004-2007.
Their grandson, Austin Douglas of Batesville, graduated from Northwest this past May. He played on the offensive line for the Rangers, and was named to the 2012 NJCAA All-American Second Team, MACJC First Team All-State honors on offense, and to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District II Football Team. He was also honored as Senatobia Rotary Club’s Student of the Month and in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Gene Hall passed away in August 2006 of a heart attack, and in December 2006, Tommy Douglas also passed away of a heart attack. In May, 2010, Sheila Douglas and Juanita Hall lost their lives in a tragic car accident near Springfield, Ill.
“I want to honor my loved ones with this scholarship and help students who need help to go to college. My family is a Northwest family and we want to give back to this school,” Faust said. The first recipient will be chosen for the 2014-2015 school year.
For more information about the Northwest Foundation, contact Canon at 662-560-1103 or e-mail
Suggested Cutline: The Faust, Hall and Douglas Endowment was recently established by Deborah Faust in memory of her parents Gene and Juanita Hall and her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Tommy Douglas. Pictured left to right are, Sybil Canon, associate vice president of development and special projects, Deborah Faust, her husband Norris Faust, Jr. and Tim Douglas of Batesville, son of Sheila and Tommy Douglas. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)