Deshaun Hill Scholarship created by a local radio station

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More than a month after the death of Deshaun Hill Jr., the North Minneapolis community continues to honor his life with a new scholarship that now bears his name. (FOX 9)

More than a month after the death of Deshaun Hill Jr., the North Minneapolis community continues to honor his life with a new North High School scholarship that now bears his name. The fund will benefit Hill’s Class of 2024.

Located on the North High campus, Jazz 88 FM has been a mainstay for decades.

“Seeing these kids every day in the classroom, I can see so much potential in them,” said Manny Hill, associate educator at the school.

He saw a bright future in the 15-year-old hill who was enrolled in his creative media production class.

“He was very calm. He was the football team’s quarterback and he was a great student with the books as well,” Hill said.

In February, a few blocks from the school, the life of the second was cut short by gun violence. The loss, immeasurable for those who knew him best.

“You see the kind of impact his loss had on the school, the community, everyone who knew him very closely. We just felt like it was something we had to do,” said Hill.
The radio station established the Deshaun Hill Jr. North High School Memorial Fund.

Donations will help establish athletic and academic scholarships for students in the class of 2024, Deshaun’s class.

“Particularly because it’s his graduating class, all these kids who are the same age as him. They knew him so well,” Hill said. “I think now is an opportunity for them to look back and say I’m part of something big. I’m part of something that can carry on his memory and his legacy.”

The key, according to Hill, is finding support – so far they’ve gotten off to a good start.

“From my perspective, I always felt like … on the outside, maybe people who don’t live in this community care,” Hill said. “These kids are really smart and they have a lot of bright futures and they just need more opportunities. I think it’s going to go a long way towards that.”

Hill says this is just the beginning. Organizers hope this can become something they can do on an annual basis.

For more information on how to donate click HERE.

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