Chadwick Boseman’s South Carolina high school is planning to launch a scholarship in honor of the late Black Panther star.
According to CNN, Principal Walter Mayfield of T. L. Hanna High School revealed the news on Wednesday (Sep. 2). The grant, which will be called the Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded to one deserving graduating senior each year.
“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 to the outlet. “We would like to work with Chadwick’s family to establish a scholarship fund for graduating seniors at T. L. Hanna.”
Boseman passed away on Aug. 28 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. His family announced the news by releasing a statement on his social media accounts. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement read.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more - all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the announcement continued.
Since his death, his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina has announced that they are planning to honor the late actor this week. On Thursday (Sep. 3), the city will host a memorial service at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Complex. Mayor Terrence Roberts said that the event will have guest speakers, including a former high school classmate of Boseman’s, a pastor and the Mayor himself.
There will also be a special screening of Black Panther. The city will have social distancing measures in place to make sure everyone is safe during the pandemic and masks will be required.