Statesman Journal: Scholarship in honor of fallen soldier makes a difference
Author: Capi Lynn
Posted: October 28, 2013

Read the original article in the Statesman Journal here.

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.