Guy Stanford, a Clarksville native, dreams of saving the world one day. He just decided to start that process on a smaller scale.
The 19-year-old Tennessee State University student began his own scholarship fund, named the Guy Stanford Keep Hope Alive Scholarship, that awards area students who did not qualify for the state’s Hope Scholarship, a one-time grant to help pay for expenses related to attending college.
“It’s just my way of giving back,” Stanford said, a graduate of Kenwood High School. “I love Clarksville. Everybody here.”
“ … I’m only 19 but if I’m in a position where I can help, I can help. Especially in my home town.”
Approximately 25 applicants’ submitted essays for the award this year before Stanford selected two, Daisalynn Iris and Aaliyah Bass, to receive a $750 check each.
“ … Saving Hope is not what the Hope is. With the Hope you get $1,500 a semester and this is a one-time grant. But this is like half your housing right here. It’s no $1,500 a semester but it’s a start.”
That start is particularly important to award recipient Bass, a fellow TSU student with Stanford.
“It actually means a lot, just knowing it’s a young adult doing stuff to help other young adults. It’s something great as well as it’s going to help school-wise, financially big time,” said Bass, who plans on using her award for psychology text book purchases. “I’m just really happy about that.”