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Wife of fallen trooper hopes to expand scholarship in his name

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WALTERS, OK (KSWO) - The wife of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper who created a scholarship in honor her husband killed in the line of duty is hoping to make that scholarship available to more students. 

 Trooper Nik Green was shot and killed the day after Christmas 2003 in Cotton County.

One year after his death, his wife created a scholarship in his name. Linda Green-Bennett said when she lost her husband, part of her thought people would forget about him, but with time she's learned that's not the case.

"When you have a personality such as Nik Green, that really made society better, that's not something that you want to let go of," she said.

Which is why she started the scholarship in her husband’s memory.

"If we can build students to set his character as their goals, the way that he lived his life, as their goals, we're going to have higher achievers," Green-Bennett said.

She said he loved people and made people feel better about themselves.

The scholarship has been available to students at Big Pasture, where Linda was not only once a teacher, but where she and Green were high school sweethearts.

Since his passing, the scholarship board has awarded 14 $1,000 scholarships to seniors. 

"It's a joy for me to be able to feel part of their achievement as an accomplishment for us as well," she said.

They're now trying to also offer $1,000 scholarships to Walters and Temple students as well. Green- Bennett said her husband was DARE officer and talked to students all over the county.

"We really felt the desire to want to reach out to the other schools and again, just give more... be able to give more and help more students to achieve their goals that they may have as far as college," she said.

She said he’d be humbled knowing a scholarship was made in his name.

"He would be proud that we're doing something positive," Green-Bennett said.

Green-Bennett hopes the scholarships for a Walters and Temple student will be available this year but says it might not be until the following year.

If you’d like to donate to the scholarship you can mail your contribution to the Nikky J. Green Scholarship Fund at P.O. box 213 Walters, OK 73572.

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