A Boiling Springs High School graduate has been awarded a grant to establish a foundation in honor of a friend and classmate.
Derek Snyder, now a senior at Penn State, was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund.
Snyder co-founded the Golf Fore Jackie tournament after his classmate, Jackie Lithgow, was assaulted during his freshman year at Bloomsburg University. In 2014, Lithgow suffered a serious brain injury while trying to break up a fight. He spent the next nine months recuperating in hospitals before being able to return to college in 2016.
Snyder will use the grant to expand the golf tournament into the nonprofit Jackie Lithgow Foundation and to create outreach and education programs working with families and organizations focusing on traumatic brain injury issues.
The grant award was made by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, a fund established in memory of Hunter Watson, a student who was to enter his junior year at Syracuse University but died as a passenger in an automobile accident in the summer of 2016.
Hunter was an accomplished musician and composer, along with several other interests. One of the purposes of the grant program is to encourage and support youths demonstrating the same caring, passions and enthusiasms that Hunter displayed in his life.
The grant program not only provides the funding grant, but also offers mentoring for the grant recipients from members of the memorial fund who have experience and expertise in the area of interest.