A Legacy of Giving and Learning
September 16, 2013
Bobbi Rossi embodied a harmonious balance of character, heart, faith and purpose ― all of which she orchestrated with vitality and integrity. A graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, Bobbi was in her third year of nursing school at the University of South Carolina when she was tragically killed in 1984. Almost thirty years later, Bobbi’s legacy lives on through the Bobbi Rossi Memorial Scholarship and the countless lives that have been bettered because of it.
Bobbi’s family started the scholarship to immortalize Bobbi’s optimism, enthusiasm and commitment to humanity, thus perpetuating her powerful presence in the community. The scholarship was founded by the Rossi family in 1985 as a private foundation. Bobbi’s father, Ray, enjoyed administering the fund for 15 years. After his death, the family wanted to continue the scholarship program without dealing with the record keeping, investment decision and IRS compliance.
In 2001, the Rossi family moved the administration of the scholarship to the Community Foundation by creating a fund here. This freed family members from the administrative burden of the scholarship program and allowed them to focus on awarding scholarships each year and fulfilling Bobbi’s desire to help others.
“This scholarship is one of the most important parts of Bobbi’s legacy,” said her mother Ann Marie Rossi.
Scholarships are awarded from the fund annually. One goes to a rising senior at Cardinal Newman High School, where Bobbi graduated in 1982, and one to an upper division nursing student at the University of South Carolina. Since its founding, more than 50 students have been awarded scholarships in excess of $170,000.
These students are selected not only for exemplifying the spirit and dedication illustrated in Bobbi’s life, but because they too possess the power to reach and touch others. And for some, this scholarship is critical in their ability to continue their education. The financial assistance students receive serves as a shining example of how Bobbi does in fact continue to help others long after she left this earth.
Visit our website to learn more about scholarships available through the Community Foundation. For information about setting up a scholarship, please contact me at [email protected] or 803.254.5601 x331.