WHITEHOUSE, Texas — River Tomlinson is used to jumping hurdles as the Whitehouse native ran the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles in high school.

On Thursday, he got a huge assist on overcoming another hurdle — college tutition — as Tomlinson was named the winner of the Fifth Annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Scholarship.

Although Campbell was ill and could not attend, his son, Christian Campbell, presented Tomlinson the $5,000 scholarship during a luncheon on Thursday in the Rose Room at Willow Brook Country Club.

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