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UPDATED: National Nonprofit announces scholarship honoring 11 year old Iowa school shooting victim

The Uvalde Foundation For Kids, a national nonprofit organization formed in response to the May 2022 Uvalde, Texas school shooting, announced Saturday morning, that it has created the "Ahmir's Hope," Scholarship fund, named after 11-year-old Ahmir Jolliff, who was fatally shot three times at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa this week.


Officials with the foundation released a statement on the new scholarship fund stating,

"This special scholarship, available to students nationally will honor, remember and serve as a reminder to this nation of the impact of gun violence and the future hopes it extinguishes such as those of young Ahmir. Ahmir will not be forgotten & deserves as such. The scholarship, named in Ahmir's honor, will be awarded annually every summer to a deserving student who shows promise in academics but moreso, who demonstrate leadership, encouragement, joy & compassion amongst their peers and communities.
This national recognition highlights a student, such as Ahmir, who demonstrate a consistent display of respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors at their school.

Born in April 2012, Ahmir was described as a vibrant, funny, and resilient boy, by his friend Zoey Bautista in an interview. Zoey remembered Ahmir as someone who was always there for everybody, making his sudden departure even more difficult for those who shared his journey through Perry schools.

In April 2023, Ahmir Joliff was celebrated as one of the Perry Blue Jay Leaders for the month. This recognition highlighted his consistent display of respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors at school. The reward program included a photo session, a certificate, and a bag of candy – a small acknowledgment of the positive impact he had within the school community.

Tragically, the life of Ahmir Joliff was cut short during the breakfast program at Perry High School before classes were scheduled to begin.

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Butler, armed with a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun, opened fire in the cafeteria by fatally shooting Ahmir and injuring seven others.


Additional Information COMING SOON!

The Uvalde Foundation For Kids

888 685 8464



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