An anonymous donor stepped forward with a $25,000 gift to create a permanent scholarship at Union County College in the name of Cheyanne “Shay” Bond, the 17-year-old Shabazz High School graduate who was murdered on June 29. Bond had enrolled at Union and intended to begin studies in the College’s nursing program during the Fall semester.
Beginning next year, the Cheyanne “Shay” Bond Memorial Scholarship will be offered in Ms. Bond’s name to students needing financial assistance to attend Union. In being endowed at a $25,000 level, the scholarship will generate 5 percent—or $1,250—every year, forever.
According to the Union County College President Margaret McMenamin, “The donor was deeply affected by the tragic and senseless loss of this beautiful young woman’s life and thought that this scholarship was a fitting tribute to her since she wanted to be a student at the College. As an endowed scholarship, Shay’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of future generations of students as they receive the financial support they need to achieve a better life through a college education.”
The annual cost of tuition for full-time students at Union is $4,200 for those living in-county and $8,400 for out-of-county.
Union County College is New Jersey’s first community college, founded in 1933. Union features campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield, enrolling 12,000 credit students and 14,000 noncredit students.