JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - After fundraising for four years, a scholarship endowment in memory of an A-State football equipment manager has finally reached the fully-funded level.
Barry Don Weyer Jr. was killed in a car accident in 2014 and since then, his family and Arkansas State have been working to honor his memory by starting a scholarship in his name.
The family was given five years to raise $25,000 for the scholarship endowment, something they completed a year earlier than expected.
Barry’s parents said completing their goal of creating a scholarship is bittersweet, but it’s refreshing to see the impact their son had, and will now continue to have, on so many.
“The people that he touched that was touched by him it’s just, I mean, lifelong friends that he’ll have forever,” said Barry’s mother Mechelle Weyer.
The first scholarship will be given this fall and be funded by Barry’s parents’ own money, and from then on, it will come out of the endowment.
The scholarship is open to any equipment managers with A-State sports, as long as they meet the requirements.
The family said they still plan to do two fundraisers a year to keep adding to the interest on the scholarship to keep it growing.