Principal Walter Mayfield at T. L. Hanna High School confirmed on Wednesday that it is in the process of setting up a grant called the Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to one deserving student 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 in a statement to CNN.
“We would like to work with Chadwick’s family to establish a scholarship fund for graduating seniors at T. L. Hanna.”
The Hollywood star — best known for his leading roles in “Black Panther,” as well as “42,” “Marshall” and “Get On Up” — 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.
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.”
“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.”