Foundation seeks achievement award applicants


The Dajae Coleman Foundation is accepting applications for its annual scholarship awards now through April 13.

The foundation established the Dajae Coleman Achievement Award to recognize two male or female African American freshman students at Evanston Township High School for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics.

Winners of the Award receive $1,000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education. In 2014, its inaugural year, ETHS students Jordan Wallace and Aaron Smith were the award recipients.

This year’s winners will be honored on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m., at the Skylight Event Space, 1818 Dempster St.  The public is invited to attend. Ticket donation cost is $40. There will be a live band, appetizers, drinks and raffle prizes.

In Dajae’s final freshman Humanities paper he voiced the skills he believed a young person needed to become an honorable member of society. That belief statement became the foundation uses to guide its initiatives and programming, and his powerful message is central to the model that drove Dajae’s success as a popular, peace-loving, award-winning student-athlete-leader in his ephemeral lifetime.  

Award evaluation criteria include leadership, academic achievement, sportsmanship and positive social interactions.  Applications and more information are available online. 

The Dajae Coleman Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2013 to honor the legacy of Dajae A. Coleman, an exceptional young man who tragically lost his life to gun violence at the age of 14.

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