Anacoco Starting-Five initiate scholarship for schools they love


NATCHITOCHES – A group of Anacoco High School and Northwestern State University alumni are supporting students at both of their beloved schools by awarding a scholarship to an Anacoco High grad who attends NSU for all four years of study.  The 1958-59 Anacoco High School Starting-Five Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming NSU freshman selected from each year’s Anacoco graduating class and presented at graduation.  The student must maintain a 2.75 grade point average for the scholarship to be awarded in the amount of $1,000 all four years of study.


The Anacoco Starting-Five are Bill Tilley, Harvey Marcus, Bill Stokes, Charles Goins and Joe Singletary.


The group shared their story this way:


“In 1958 and 1959, Anacoco High School had a unique and exceptional group of small kids who wanted to excel in all endeavors.  The starting five players on the basketball team consisted of two seniors and three juniors.  The team was exceptionally small and fast.  They never won a state championship but in the process of playing a 65-game schedule, they compiled an impressive record and earned the respect and admiration of both fans and foes. Four of the five graduated from Northwestern State College in 1963 and 1964. They were Harvey Marcus, Joe Singletary, Bill Stokes and Bill Tilley.  The fifth player, Charles Goins, attended Louisiana Tech.


“Their success on the court is not what made the group unique.  All were true competitors driven by a strong desire, dedication and determination to excel in all endeavors.  They excelled in sports and in the classroom in high school and college.  All required financial aid and assistance to attend college.


“Harvey Marcus became a certified public accountant and successful business entrepreneur in Monroe. Joe Singletary became an international airline pilot and flight instructor for Delta Airlines. Bill Stokes played basketball for Northwestern and he retired from the Calcasieu Parish School system having served as a teacher and principal.  Bill Tilley, a lawyer, was Vernon Parish’s District Attorney for 30 years and assistant district attorney for four years.


“Anacoco High School and Northwestern State provided each of them with a sound education.  It was because of their love, respect and appreciation for Anacoco High School and Northwestern State University that they established the Anacoco Scholarship Foundation in 1999.  Harvey Marcus and Bill Tilley initiated this scholarship on a golf course in Tucson, Arizona in the summer of 1998.”

“These gentlemen made a substantial contribution to the NSU Foundation to support student scholarships because of their desire to pay it forward,” said NSU Director of Development Jill Bankston, CFRE.  “This scholarship is heartwarming because it represents the love they have for Anacoco High School and Northwestern State University.”


For information on initiating a scholarship through the NSU Foundation, contact Bankston at (318) 357-4241 or email

The Anacoco Starting-Five are, from left, Bill Stokes, Charles Goins, Joe Singletary, Bill Tilley, Harvey Marcus. Through a donation to the NSU Foundation, the group will present a scholarship to an Anacoco High School graduate to attend Northwestern State University.