After recently losing a friend in a fatal shooting at a concert in New York, Troy Ave has been facing some harsh situations. Although he has been arrested for his alleged involvement, he is not letting that keep his spirits down. On Monday, Troy Ave’s family and friends announced the Ronald McPhatter scholarship, in the name of Troy Ave’s late childhood friend Ronald “Banga” McPhatter (also known as Edcar) which provides $2,000 each year for the next five years to student athletes graduating from New Utrecht High School, where both Ave and Mcphatter attended.
“When my son suggested [the scholarship]from jail I thought it was brilliant,” said Troy Ave’s mother, Tracey Collins told DNA Info. “Edgar would love it, it’s such a good way to represent him.”
According to Utrecht High’s coaching staff, they chose 18-year-old Gianni Penso to receive the inaugural award because of his good grades and devotion to football.
Penso accepted the award with his mother, Andrea Whyte and thanked the Collins family and his coaches. “I just want to thank this family,” he said. “Football has taught me a lot, you guys taught me how to be a man, and I’m just so thankful.”
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