Scholarship founded for Clearfield Co. native killed in DC rampage
Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 12:20 PM EST
First year of scholarship worth $1,000
Written By: Marc Stempka
Reported By: Deven Clarke
CLEARFIELD, Pa. -- Family and friends of a Clearfield County native killed in a shooting rampage are coming together to honor his memory through the creation of a scholarship.
Gerald Read, 58, of Alexandria, Va., died in September during a mass shooting at the Washington, D.C., Naval Yard. Read, formally of Clearfield, was heavily involved in Boy Scouts of America while growing up and now his family has established a scholarship to help an Eagle Scout attend college.
Read’s brother, David Read, said the scholarship will be awarded to a Clearfield Area High School Eagle Scout each year who demonstrates hard work, honor and loyalty to the scouts.
“This is a perfect way because I know, having my own son go through and achieve his Eagle award, that is takes a lot of work, a lot of commitment and a lot of focus and detail to achieve that,” David Read said. “It’s a tremendous milestone in a boy’s life.”
Family said that witnesses reported Gerald acted as a hero during the shooting by pushing a female co-worker out of the way, saving her life, but causing himself to be fatally wounded.
The first-year scholarship will be $1,000, but high school friends of Gerald’s, like Frank Barba, said the hope is in time, that amount will build through donations.
“Each year, the amount will be subject to change based on how much money is raised going forward,” Barba said. “We’re hoping that the Boy Scouts also do some fundraising to help us out, [and] we hope the community supports it.”
The Clearfield Progress reported Gerald Read was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 2 and was awarded the Eagle Scout Award in September 1973.
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