Qutiman’s Dobbs awarded $25,000 TGA scholarship


For her hard work and accomplishments, Quitman High School 2019 valedictorian Abby Dobbs was awarded a scholarship from the Texas Golf Association.

The 2019 Doris Kallina/’Nez Muhleman Scholarship is valued at $25,000 over four years. She received the first portion of $3,000 at a ceremony on April 11 at The Links at Land’s End golf course in Yantis.

TGA Foundation received about 50 applications, and applicants were eventually narrowed down to Dobbs as this year’s recipient.

“I would really just like to thank everyone that was involved in the selection process,” Dobbs said. “It really means so much to me that you all picked me for this scholarship, so thank you so much! This TGA Foundation scholarship has really changed my life.”

She graduated with a 4.18 GPA and has earned college credit through Advanced Placement courses. She will attend Texas A&M University in College Station to major in animal science this fall.

In her high school golf career, Dobbs was named most improved player as a freshman, and then most valuable player in her sophomore and junior years. The girls’ golf team advanced to the UIL Regional Tournament from 2017 to 2019.

She has played JV and varsity volleyball and basketball and was part of the varsity cheerleading squad for the past three years. She was active in Student Council, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and more. In addition to school activities, Dobbs also works at the Speakeasy Coffeehouse and interns at the Quitman Animal Clinic.

Dobbs dreams of being a veterinarian at an unconventional type of vet clinic.

“I have plans to start a small business that I will call The Chocolate Bark,” she said. “I will have my veterinary practice on one side of the building and on the other side, completely separate but adjacent, will be a small bakery. When the owner comes in with the patient, instead of sitting in a boring waiting room, they can walk next door to the bakery and grab a treat for themselves and/or their pet. I know it may seem silly to some people now, but that’s just because they haven’t seen it yet.”