2008-02-11

Megan Williams Gets $40,000 Scholarship

Torture victim Megan Williams gets $40,000 scholarship during Montel appearance
by The Associated Press
Alleged torture victim Megan Williams is getting some help with her education.

While appearing on an episode of the Montel Williams show Thursday, the 20-year-old black woman from Charleston learned she would receive a two-year, $40,000 scholarship for ITT Technical Institute, a new computer and six months of tutoring to help her earn her GED.

Megan Williams appeared as a guest on an episode focusing on hate crimes.

Logan County prosecutors say Williams was forced to eat animal droppings, was sexually assaulted and stabbed by six white men and women who held her captive for days last summer. Logan County sheriff's deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, found her at a Big Creek trailer on Sept. 8.

Three of the seven people charged in the case have entered guilty pleas within the past week.