BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Dozens of students are awarded scholarships to attend college through the Baltimore Community Foundation. And seven of those scholarships are named for WJZ‘s beloved former anchor Jerry Turner.
Mary Bubala has the story.
Sarah Hermina didn’t grow up watching WJZ anchor Jerry Turner. She’s too young, but she understands his legacy as one of seven winners of the 2012 WJZ Jerry Turner Broadcast Scholarship, awarded Thursday at a luncheon at M&T Bank Stadium.
Hermina was also chosen to speak at the ceremony.
“I am going to express my gratitude to Jerry Turner. I think he just really did have an impact on the field obviously to this day, and I am going to tell them a little bit about my experiences at St. John’s this year,” Hermina said.
Susan Horne established a scholarship in her husband Irvin Horne’s name after his death.
“My husband passed away suddenly and I was very heartbroken, but he was such a giving person and I said I really need to do something to continue his legacy,” said Susan Horne, scholarship sponsor.
Now Harrison Lee is headed to the University of Maryland College Park because of it.
“It says a lot about who he was and who I strive to be everyday, and it’s just for me, it’s just so incredible,” Lee said.
The Baltimore Ravens awarded scholarships as well. Former star kicker Matt Stover gave students words of wisdom.
“Basically taking personal responsibility and not looking back with regret. So many of us make our mistakes along the way, so I will challenge the students to not look back with regret,” Stover said.
Last year the Baltimore Community Foundation awarded nearly $170,000 in scholarships to 66 students.
The BCF is a nonprofit that helps people carry out their charitable giving.