A new programme launched by the Oregon Institute of Technology will see scholarships offered to survivors of the Umpqua shootings.
On October 1st, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer carried out the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College which left a teacher and 8 pupils dead. Many others were injured in the assault and, in the aftermath, Oregon Tech President Chris Maples has devised a new scholarship programme to assist the survivors.
The UCC Hero Scholarship will waive fees for any of the 85 students who were present at the Umpqua Community College classes in Snyder Hall on Oct. 1. Those particular students were selected due to their close proximity to the incident and the psychological effects which stemmed from it.
The extended offer of a scholarship will be open for survivors of the shooting, provided they make their initial application by Jan. 1, 2020, and are fully enrolled by 2021.
“What can we do to not let somebody get them off track,” Maples told Oregon Live. “To not let somebody completely derail a part of their life they were working on. Our goal is to help these people. It’s just the right thing to do.”
The scholarship being offered is worth approximately $10,000 per year, making this a very generous and altruistic offer by Oregon Tech. A show of solidarity in the shadow of a terrible tragedy.