In the wake of the death of Foothill High senior Matthew Maniti Aug. 30, members of the school's booster club have set up a college scholarship fund in his name.
The Matthew Maniti fund will provide $1,000 scholarships to Foothill seniors who shared Matthew's passions: wresting and caring for others, said Brenda McFarlane, treasurer of the Foothill Athletic Boosters.
Details of the scholarship are still being determined, but one scholarship each year will probably be given to a student who practices wresting or is involved in the Peer Advocates club, she said. Both activities were important to Matthew.
"Wrestling was a big part of what he did at Foothill," said McFarlane, who met him at her own son's wrestling practices. "His parents thought that would be a really good way to remember him."
She said the Athletic Boosters is hoping to raise $5,000 to $10,000 so the scholarship can continue for five to 10 years. Donations are also being collected for the Maniti family to cover funeral costs and other related expenses.
Donations to the scholarship fund can be mailed to or dropped off at Fremont Bank, 6654 Koll Center Parkway #345, Pleasanton, CA 94566, and donations for the Maniti family can be mailed to the Matthew Maniti Donation Fund ℅ Foothill Athletic Boosters, 2843 Hopyard Road #204, Pleasanton, CA, 94588. All donations should be made payable to the Foothill Athletic Boosters.