SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Thursday morning announcement at Allen County-Scottsville High School dedicated to continuing the legacy of late 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, by scholarship.
"The Gabbi Doolin Memorial Scholarship Fund says this honor is hereby established by family and friends in loving memory of Gabbi Doolin," College Heights Foundation President, Dr. Donald Smith stated.
On November 14th , 2015 at a Friday night football game, Gabbi Doolin had her life taken away behind the ball fields, changing the community of Scottsville forever.
As the justice system continues to push forward in the case with accused murderer Timothy Madden sitting behind bars, mother of Gabbi, Amy Doolin says this day is focused on the positive impact Gabbi Doolin will provide for many years.
"We want to keep the child that she was and her memory alive as much as we can."
"A scholarship fund like this is going to help other kids further their education and be able to do what they want to do with their lives, because Gabbi's not here to do whatever she would have wanted to do," Amy Doolin mentioned.
Lead scholarship donor and co-worker of Brian Doolin, David Jaggers says when Gabbi passed, he didn't need to think twice to help.
"When you're in a position to help, you make a choice, and we made a choice to help, and we wanted to help. This is just one small way to keep her memory alive forever," Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac General Manager, David Jaggers stated.
And College Heights Foundation President Dr. Donald Smith says WKU is proud to be part of her continuing memory.
"Buildings will come and go, people will come and go, but these scholarship funds are going to last forever to tell her special story.
We are honored to administer this fund on her behalf," Dr. Smith mentioned.
As the morning announcement wrapped up, Amy and Brian Doolin couldn't say thank you enough for the support and prayers from the community during this time.
"We just ask that they continue during this time and we are just very appreciative," Amy Doolin added.
For senior students interested in applying for the Gabbi Doolin Memorial Scholarship:
- You must be a senior at Allen County-Scottsville High School
- Have a 3.0 GPA
- Have volunteer service hours within the Allen Co./Scottsville community
- Be an active member in church
- Must be attending a college/university in Kentucky
The deadline to apply for the memorial scholarship is April 28, 2017.
The announcement of the first recipient of the scholarship will be made at the Allen County-Scottsville High School Awards Ceremony on May 16, 2017.
The scholarship will reward the senior recipient 2,000 dollars.