Thank you to everyone who made our goal of establishing an endowed scholarship in memory of Jayquon a reality. We reached beyond $10,000 and are still growing! Our work to build his fund will continue and you can still make a gift by visiting this link.

Jayquon Tillman Memorial Scholarship #DoItForJay

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Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
157 donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 30, at 11:55 PM EDT
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November 27, 2018

'tis the season for giving!


In spirit of #GivingTrueDay help us #DoItForJay by increasing his endowment!


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Thank You Again!

July 18, 2018

Together, you helped us #DoItForJay

We did it!

June 29, 2018

Thanks to you we reached our goal with time to spare!


Continue to support and share!





2 days left and $1,950 to raise! WE can do this!

June 28, 2018

Thank you to everyone who shared Jay's story yesterday and brought in gifts that moved us closer to our goal! We have two days remaining and only $1,950 to raise - WE can do this! Please keep sharing!


Jay's scholarship will provide support and inspiration for students who have hopes and dreams just like Jay. His legacy will be permanently etched on the hearts and minds of those who have raised the dollars and the future students who will receive the scholarships at EMU. We are grateful, humbled and blessed to receive your support!



Only $3,180 to go!

June 27, 2018

There are 3 days left in our crowdfunding campaign for Jay's Scholarship. Family and friends have been working so hard to make this scholarship a reality to honor Jay's legacy. Please use the links on the campaign page to share, tweet and email your network and raise awareness for those who still want a chance to give! YOU can help Jay's Scholarship reach $10,000 by June 30!


We CAN #DoItForJay


10 Days to #DoItForJay

June 19, 2018

Every day people are reaching out and helping us make Jay's Scholarship a reality. Thank you to everyone who has been working hard to spread the word and raise awareness of the opportunity we have to create Jay's legacy at EMU. There are just 10 days left in our campaign to reach $10,000! If you haven't shared, tweeted or emailed your friends to support the campaign, now is the time to do it! Every gift, no matter the amount, will make a difference! Only $5,635 more dollars to go!


We CAN #DoItForJay

Read and share the Michigan Chronicle story on Jay's Scholarship

June 12, 2018

Here's an excerpt from the recent Michigan Chronicle story about Jay's scholarship. Please help us spread the word by sharing Jay's story!


EMU honors fallen student Jayquon Tillman with scholarship fund


Jayquon “Jay” Tillman was ahead of his time.




The Cleveland native was an 18-year-old junior-to-be at Eastern Michigan University, where he was studying Political Science. After graduation, he planned on becoming a history teacher and would then pay his way through law school. But those dreams were cut short when he was shot and killed at a house party near the Cleveland area May 6, 2017.


Tillman was a scholar at EMU and was heavily involved in the community in Ypsilanti, Michigan, as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Delta Nu Chapter, the Kings of Color Student Organization, the Young Brother’s Leadership Council of the Washtenaw County chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, helping the homeless, and more. That prompted the Eastern Michigan University Foundation to start the Jayquon Tillman Memorial Scholarship to honor his life and service to the EMU community. The crowdfunding platform offers EMU donors, alumni, and fans an avenue to provide direct support to projects and activities that are most meaningful to them.


“The scholarship idea actually came about last year, maybe a month or so after he had passed,” said Benjamin Barnes, who is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Delta Nu Chapter and liaison for the fraternity. “We set down with the university then and the timing wasn’t right. We revisited the conversation about three months ago and got the ball rolling. I felt this was necessary because I didn’t want him to be forgotten. I owed him that much.”


The endowed scholarship was established to serve EMU students from under-served communities, who have freshman or sophomore status and a 3.0 GPA, with financial assistance, but to also help students that could have identified with Tillman. The goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000 by June 30, 2018 at midnight to fully endow the fund. They have raised close to $4,000 so far and the scholarship is 100 percent tax deductible.


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Happy Birthday Jay!

May 18, 2018

Today is Jay's Birthday!


Help us celebrate the life of Jayquon Tillman by donating to his scholarship!




One Year Mark

May 06, 2018

Today is the one year mark Jayquon was taken from us. 


In his memory, lets continue to donate so we can reach our goal!


We're almost 1/3 of the way there!




May 03, 2018

We are almost at $3,000! 


Let's keep the momentum!


Keep sharing & donating!



Almost A Quarter of the Way There!

April 25, 2018

We are $125 dollars away from reaching a quarter of our goal!


Lets keep sharing, and donating! We can get there!



Leading the Way for Jay!

April 19, 2018

Thank you for being among the first donors who are leading the way to raise funds in memory of Jay!

Our goal is $10,000 and we're almost to our first $1,000. Please help us reach more people by sharing the campaign through email and on social media with your family and friends.

Do It For Jay!



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