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Sue Eyerly, the mother of a fallen soldier, asked me to do her a favor.
She wanted me to give the Salem community an update on the scholarship at Portland State University in honor of her son, Sgt. Justin Eyerly.
Sgt. Eyerly, a South Salem High graduate, was killed in action June 4, 2004, while serving with his Oregon National Guard unit in Iraq. He was 23 and a Portland State graphics art student at the time. He also was an intern with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers donated $40,000 to help start the scholarship fund at PSU in honor of Eyerly. So far, five students have been awarded the scholarship and $6,100 has been paid out.
"People in Salem still contribute to the fund," Sue Eyerly said. "The people who help out need to know it's going to a good cause."
The Eyerly family has been involved in selecting recipients for the scholarship, which is typically $1,500 per year, or $500 per term.
The scholarship is awarded annually, according to PSU, based on portfolio, financial need and grade point average. The selected scholar should also demonstrate a creative spirit and show an aptitude for working in multiple mediums.
Click here to read about one of the recipients.