First Raymond “Doc” Jeffress Scholarship winner to graduate from Louisiana Tech

Clay Williams of Jonesboro will graduate from Louisiana Tech University this Thursday, August 19th. While certainly his family and friends will be celebrating the occasion there will be another smiling from on high as well. That will be Raymond “Doc” Jeffress who upon his death in 2018 a scholarship was endowed, which the Jonesboro-Hodge graduate was the very first recipient of. Williams, who received the scholarship in both 2018 and 2019, plans to attend Arkansas State University this fall where he will pursue at Masters Degree in Sports Administration. 

The Raymond “Doc” Jeffress Scholarship was formed in honor of the local iconic sports journalist who for over 70 years worked as a sports journalist for the Jackson Independent and was very activity in civic and community programs. The scholarship is funded strictly through donations and is given to a graduate of Jackson Parish schools who intend to major in the areas of communication or sports related curriculum. 

The scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Jackson Parish schools who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, is active in civic and/or community programs and intends to major in the areas of communication, journalism and sports related curriculum.  

Donations can be made through the Raymond “Doc” Jeffress Scholarship Facebook page or by contacting Mr. Michael McDonald at the Jackson Parish Bank at 318-259-4406 or by sending email to

You can also mail a check or money order to:
Raymond “Doc” Jeffress Scholarship Fund
241 Dogwood Drive
Jonesboro, LA 71251


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