“If you give, you give from the heart – and it’s the little things that count. You have to start somewhere. It’s a wonderful thing to give back. I wouldn’t live my life any other way.” –Janice Foster
In May 2006, 15-year-old KJ Foster was tragically shot outside his home in a case of mistaken identity. KJ was a model student and star athlete with a “gift of gab, charisma and unselfish attitude.”
KJ’s untimely death inspired an outpouring of donations. Kerry Foster, Sr., a Hartford firefighter; his wife Janice; and their family, friends and community established the KJ Foster Scholarship Fund in 2008 to provide annual awards to graduates from public high schools in Hartford.
While attending a Hartford Foundation scholarship reception, Janice asked Kerry, “When I pass, can you do a scholarship in my name?” He looked at her and said, “Why wait until you pass? We can create one right now and I’ll make sure your name is first.”
Thus, the Janice and Kerry Foster, Sr. Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 to support students from Hartford entering college and pursuing undergraduate degrees on a full-time basis.
This scholarship fund was established to support students from Hartford entering college and pursuing undergraduate degrees on a full-time basis. You can contribute to this scholarship fund here.
Kerry "KJ" Foster, Jr., of Hartford, was killed at age 15 when he was the unintended victim of gang violence. KJ was a model student and star athlete with a "gift of gab, charisma and unselfish attitude." KJ's untimely death inspired an outpouring of donations from family members and the community, leading his parents to establish this scholarship in his memory. It provides awards to graduates from public high schools in Hartford, through the General Scholarship Endowment program. You can contribute to this fund here.