Year of the Hero

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The Randy Thrower Foundation

A lifelong local, Randy Thrower had a passion for sports and helping others. He was the state champion in track in 2009 and was a member of the 4×200 relay team that won the states in 2012. He loved to help others, always offering a hand to anyone in need, especially at the gym he frequented.
 
In 2016, tragedy struck when Randy was killed in an automobile crash on the Bay Bridge. At the time, Randy was a student at Chesapeake College and was working at his grandfather’s business, Hunter’s Seafood. His family, and the community as a whole, was devastated.
 
“Randy cared a lot for people,” his father, Stephen Thrower, told me. “He always helped others… he was just a giver.” To help preserve Randy’s memory and further his goal of helping others, his loved ones founded the Randy Thrower Foundation.
 
Since its founding, the Randy Thrower Foundation has given out over $40,000 in scholarships to local students attending college. The foundation’s focus is on giving money to those who normally might not receive much in aid. “The straight A students; they get all the grants and loans and money,” Stephen told me. “We try to focus more on those who might not get straight A’s… sometimes we give to the less fortunate, and we also try to give to athletes like Randy.”
 
The foundation is currently holding off on events, but hopes to begin them soon. If you would like to donate or learn more about the foundation, visit www.randydthrowerscholarshipfoundation.wordpress.com  or contact Melody Thrower at mlynnthrower@gmail.com
 
This academic year the foundation awarded four $2,000 scholarships to the class of 2021 seniors.

 

Winners for Kent Island High School
Juliana R. Biggam
Jenna Scalia

 

Winners for Queen Anne’s High School
Taylor L. Walls
Jurnee Shi” Ayr Wilson