A South Carolina high school has revealed plans to honor the late actor Chadwick Boseman with a scholarship fund in his name.
T. L. Hanna High School principal Walter Mayfield confirmed on Wednesday that it is in the process of setting up a scholarship grant called the Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to one deserving student yearly.
“It is our intention to honor the memory and legacy of Chadwick Boseman, T. L. Hanna Class of ’95, with a memorial scholarship,” Mayfield said in a statement released in a CNN report.
“We would like to work with Chadwick’s family to establish a scholarship fund for graduating seniors at T.L. Hanna. ”
Boseman, 43, died of colon cancer last month after battling the disease privately for four years. He graduated from T. L. Hanna High School in 1995.
The Hollywood actor is best known for his leading roles in “Black Panther,” as well as “42,” “Marshall” and “Get On Up.” Boseman went on to study directing at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, DC. While there, he also attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford in 1998.
Benefactors to the new grant can send a check to the school or make an online donation. According to the donation page, the Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship is still in the early stages, and details of how it will be awarded “are still being worked out.”
Meanwhile, 35,000 people and counting have signed an online petition calling for the Anderson Confederate Memorial in Anderson, South Carolina —Boseman’s hometown — to be replaced with a statue of the late actor.
“He opened many doors for many young black people with his leading roles in movies such as Black Panther or Marshall,” the petition reads. “It is only natural that his hometown honors what he did. There is no need for political controversy in this decision.”