The Tyler M. Foster Scholarship Fund was started as a way to honor the memory of our son, brother, and friend.
Tyler was a 4.0 GPA senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in accounting and finance at the time of his passing. He was suddenly taken from us on Dec. 20, 2015, along with his friends, Keaton Hall and Jordan Hickman.
Tyler was not the normal college student. Tyler graduated from Nelson County High School in 2009. After graduation, he was recruited by St. Catherine College to play basketball. At that point, Tyler was trying to manage basketball and studies, which turned out to be difficult. Tyler then spent two years at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College where he completed core studies.
In June 2012, Tyler joined the Kentucky Air National Guard. He was a member of the 123rd Contingency Response Group and his duties were around air operations. Soon after he enlisted in the Air Guard, Tyler furthered his education by enrolling at the University of Kentucky. The following 2013 spring semester, Tyler had to drop out for basic training. Tyler continued at UK for the 2013 fall and 2014 spring semesters. In the 2014 fall semester, Tyler had made it to mid-term when he was deployed to Africa in October and had to place his studies at the University of Kentucky on hold until the 2015 spring semester when he re-enrolled in the classes previously taken in the fall.
Tyler began working as a co-op student at General Electric in the fall semester of 2015 and again had to place his studies at UK on hold to further gain work experience in his desired career field. However, Tyler managed to take one class at the University of Louisville while working at General Electric. Tyler’s experience at General Electric was very successful and beneficial in learning supply chain management. When his internship was successfully completed in December 2015, Tyler planned to continue at UK and relocate to Lexington to complete his degrees by December 2016.
The University of Kentucky posthumously awarded Tyler a degree in accounting acknowledging his effort in maintaining a 4.0 GPA while facing the challenges of the military. As Tyler’s parents, we had the honor of walking at graduation on May 6, 2016, which was Mother’s Day.
Tyler is remembered for his kind heart, respectfulness, and loving personality, especially for his family.
Even though he endured many obstacles, Tyler matured into a fine young man who not only took the commitment of being an excellent student but serving our country as well. Through his experiences, Tyler learned that life’s ambitions were earned through persistence, dedication, and hard work.
Though Tyler is missed greatly, we are proud to say his memory will live on. It is in Tyler’s memory that we have founded the Tyler M. Foster Scholarship that will allow students of Thomas Nelson High School the opportunity to further their education and to reach their success and further their dreams.
— The Foster Family