UConn scholarship created to honor Parkland victim
STORRS — The family of Alex Schachter, a who died in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL in February, is starting a scholarship for UConn students in memory of the late 14-year-old.
Max Schachter and his wife, Caryn DeSacia, hope to keep Alex Schachter’s legacy alive with the Alex Schachter and Family Memorial Scholarship which will go to a student who wants to play in the UConn marching band like Alex Schachter did.
“After this horrible tragedy, we just wanted to try to have something good come of this,” Max Schachter said in a statement. “We’re hoping that it will keep Alex’s memory alive for years and years to come.”
The family gave an initial donation to set up the scholarship and hopes to fundraise at least $50,000 for it to endow the scholarship permanently
Alex Schachter first visited UConn’s Storr campus when he was five with his aunt and uncle, Patti and Paul Goldberg of Southington, who brought him and his brother, Ryan. The boys’ mother, Debbie Goldberg Schachter, was a member of the class of 1993 there. She died when Alex Schachter was four.
UConn offered Alex Schachter admission to the school posthumously after finding out about his love for the school. He was also designated an honorary member of the school’s marching and pep bands after the groups found out about the 14-year-old’s dream to play with them. The band made pins with Alex Schachter’s name on them and wore them at performances. They also hung a photo of him in the practice room left an empty chair for him in the trombone section during rehearsals.
“After expressing our feelings about Alex through halted speech and tears, we immediately designated Alex as a full member of UConn’s marching and pep bands,” said UConn’s Director of Bands, David L. Mills.
For more information on the Alex Schachter and Family Memorial Scholarship, go here.