- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - A foundation named after a Springfield sixth-grader who hanged himself after being relentlessly bullied has handed out $19,000 in college scholarships to 18 high school students.

At a ceremony Sunday in Holyoke, The Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation awarded $1,500 scholarships to A’Kala Chaires of the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, and Jezavya Rivera of Springfield Central High School.

Sixteen other students received $1,000 scholarships.

The scholarships go to students who have demonstrated efforts to combat bullying in their schools and communities.

They are named for Carl Walker-Hoover, who took his own life in April 2009 just days before his 12th birthday.

His mother, Sirdeaner Walker, says her son’s death has brought greater awareness and solutions to the problem of bullying.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide