When I heard that an 11 year old had committed suicide because he was being bullied at school, I was heart broken. I immediately thought of my now-adult children, Nicholas and Lauren, and wondered how I would have survived if one of them decided they no longer had the will to live at the tender age of 11.
Shortly after Carl passed, I wondered what I could do to help the family keep his memory alive. My immediate thought was to honor his memory by awarding a scholarship in his name. God laid this on my heart and in my spirit to organize a foundation and I sat on that vision for almost a year. I had a conversation with my son and he reassured me that I could successfully bring the vision to fruition. I have worked tirelessly to ensure that Carl will never be forgotten. With the continued support of the Foundation’s executive committee and members of the Greater Springfield, MA community, we will ensure that Carl is never forgotten through our annual scholarship gala and road race/walk events.
The Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation, Inc. was established in 2010. Carl was an excellent student with dreams of attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA . Since our inception and my initial donation of $50, we have awarded $44,500 to 43 high school graduating seniors from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This award amount includes a $1,500 scholarship in honor of Carl and Phoebe Prince. Phoebe left us in 2010 because she was bullied at South Hadley High School, South Hadley, MA . It also includes a $1,000 donation to the University of Connecticut Foundation’s Sandy Hook School Memorial Fund in honor of the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.
Carl would have turned 17 on April 17th of this year. This Foundation is dedicated to all of the children who have been tormented and have taken their lives because they felt it was their only option, and to those who bullied them.
BE A BUDDY NOT A BULLY
Gwynnetta J. Sneed, Founder