LA MARQUE, Texas (AP) — A server at a Houston-area diner has received an unexpected $16,000 college scholarship after details of her act of kindness — cutting an ailing customer’s food — spread online.

Texas Southern University in Houston on Thursday awarded the scholarship to 18-year-old Evoni “Nini” Williams. She works at a Waffle House in La Marque and has been saving money for college.

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Another customer, Laura Wolf, was at the Waffle House last Saturday. Wolf overheard a struggling elderly patron, who uses oxygen, say he had trouble with his hands and couldn’t cut the ham on his plate.

Wolf snapped a photo as Williams cut the man’s food.

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Evoni “Nini” Williams cuts food for customer at Waffle House (Laura Wolf)

La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking on Thursday issued a proclamation making March 8 Evoni Williams Day.

Williams plans to study business.

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