Although Lloyd Etheredge’s life was cut tragically short earlier this year, his legacy will live on through a new scholarship established by his parents.
The William Lloyd Etheredge Memorial Endowed Scholarship will honor the memory of Lloyd, a sophomore music industry major at the time of his passing, by providing financial support for future music industry students.
“It was important to us that the memory of Lloyd live on in a meaningful way,” said his mother, Crystal Stamps-Etheredge. “He made an impact in our family and we want him to make an impact in this world, even though he is no longer with us.”
The middle of three sons for Crystal and husband Tod Etheredge, Crystal said Lloyd was a creative child with a surprising sense of humor, who had a natural gift as a peacemaker.
“If we were playing Monopoly as a family, Lloyd would be the one to volunteer to give his hotels away,” Crystal said.
Lloyd showed an early talent and passion for music, particularly classical.
“He loved classical music the way some people love Michael Jackson,” Crystal said. “He loved music and he hoped to one day score films.”
Lloyd played trumpet and piano, and Tod Etheredge recalls how Lloyd’s dedication paid off by winning a top award for trumpet in middle school.
“He knew early on that he loved music, and this was what he wanted to do,” Tod said.
The scholarship established in Lloyd’s memory will support incoming freshman music industry majors, with preference given to students studying piano or trumpet.
Tod said his family knows well the challenges of putting children through college, and they look forward to helping students who need support reach their goals of working in the music industry.
“As a parent with three boys who have gone to college, I know it can be a struggle and every bit helps,” he said.
Crystal said she doesn’t want financial obstacles to stop prospective students from pursuing their dreams of attending college at TROY.
“I have a heart for kids that might not have an opportunity even though their parents are doing everything they can for them,” Crystal said. “To be a part of making that happen for someone is really special.”
The scholarship has been established with an initial gift but fundraising continues to ensure that it is fully endowed. The Etheredge family invites donors to contribute online here.
“Lloyd was a special young man whose loss was felt deeply by many here at TROY and our hearts are with the Etheredge family,” said Rebecca Watson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development. “This generous gift will honor Lloyd’s memory by opening doors to future students.”