CENTER COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – The Osaze Osagie College Scholarship Endowment was launched in August 2021 with the goal of raising $100,000 to benefit an underrepresented State College High School student on the plan. racial.
In less than a year, this goal has been met and exceeded, raising a total of $107,284 to date.
“We have such a gracious and generous community that truly saw the need and also wanted to honor high school students who give back,” said Charima Young, chair of the Osaze Osagie College Scholarship Endowment Committee.
The scholarship is in memory of Osaze Osagie, a 29-year-old man from State College who was fatally shot by police in his home after a mental health toll escalated.
“Our family is touched beyond words by how the community has come together to support this scholarship created in the spirit of Osaze’s love for community and volunteerism,” said Father. Osaze, Sylvester Osagie. “We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received and look forward to supporting the young students’ commitment to volunteering on behalf of our son for years to come. »
The scholarship committee seeks to honor students who reflect Osagie’s passion for volunteerism.
“We know racially underrepresented students sometimes don’t always have the support they need and we want to make sure in our community that we give them that foundation and that support,” Young said.
State College High School students can begin applying for the scholarship in March.
“What we’re really looking for is to see how involved they’ve been in their community, to see the level of engagement,” Young said.
A recipient will be selected at the end of May to receive $5,000.
The fundraising process is ongoing.
“Our hope is that the more money we raise, we can actually increase the number of scholarship recipients and eventually increase the amount of scholarships they receive,” Young said.
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