What started as a way to help the family of Rochelle Davis has turned into making a positive difference for a Rock Island High School student.
Davis was killed in June 2017.
Davis’s family is keeping her memory living on through a Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation scholarship fund.
The scholarship was developed after a benefit held for the family last summer to help her three kids and family.
Some of the proceeds from that effort led Davis’s loved ones to give back
Her oldest son, Taurean Rogers said his mother provided them with unconditional love, support and put a focus on their education.
He helped to award the first Rochelle Davis Memorial Scholarship to a Rocky senior this year.
Putting this scholarship together Taurean said is also a way to thank his caring mother and the community for giving them support as they heal.
“For people to not even know us like that, personally or on a personal level, to actually feel effect by that and actually want to do something, that actually means a lot,” said Taurean Rogers.
The scholarship is award to a student who takes part in the Rock Island High School’s music program, a passion for Davis.
For the first year of the scholarship, it was awarded to Maya Saucedo, an active member of band activities at the school.
She said the award would make a significant impact in her life as she works toward a degree at the University of Iowa starting this fall.
“It meant a lot to me because Rochelle expressed how education was so important and she passed it down to like her children, and her children turned it into this scholarship. That was very honorable to receive,” said Saucedo.
A benefit for the scholarship fund will be held Saturday, June 16 at Kavanaugh’s in Rock Island. It starts at 8 p.m.
All the proceeds will go to the scholarship for future years.
Sean Rogers is charged with her brutal murder. His next court date is in early July.