Chadwick Boseman’s alma mater is paying tribute to the late actor following his August 28 passing from colon cancer.
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that the “Black Panther” star’s high school, T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina, is creating a scholarship in his honor.
Principal Walter Mayfield told the outlet that the Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship will be awarded yearly to a deserving student.
Mayfield hopes to raise $100,000 in order to create a sustainable education grant that will be handed out for years to come.
Fortunately, the principal says the school has received a number of inquiries from donors who want to contribute to the meaningful scholarship.
Additionally, high school basketball coach Wayne Jones, who coached Boseman when he was a student, says he is pushing for the school to retire Chadwick’s “32” jersey number.
Jones told the outlet that Boseman was an exceptional athlete who played for four years on the varsity squad.
Though T.L. Hanna has never retired a number before, Mayfield says now is the time to consider it.
After graduating from high school, Boseman attended Howard University in Washington. D.C., where he worked at an African bookstore.
During one summer, Boseman and his classmates attended the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London with funds that were in part raised by professor Phylicia Rashad and her friend Denzel Washington.
After graduating from Howard in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing, Boseman moved to New York to work in theater.
This Thursday, the office of Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts is organizing a public get-together to celebrate Boseman’s life. Held at an outdoor amphitheater, the event will include speakers, a screening of “Black Panther,” and artwork from locals.
Roberts’ office says they are also planning to create a grand public display sometime in the future to honor the late actor and his accomplishments.
Per a statement posted to his Twitter page last Friday, Boseman passed away at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family, including his wife Taylor Simone Ledward. He will be missed.