A new $20,000 Circle of Investment has been established with the Quincy Public Schools Foundation in memory of Randy Hoover, a 1995 Quincy High School graduate who died in 1998.
Proceeds from the Randal Hoover Memorial Fund will be used to award music camp scholarships to students who couldn't afford to attend otherwise.
According to a news release from the foundation, Hoover started playing drums in fourth grade at Baldwin Intermediate School and continued through Quincy Junior High School and QHS.
"Randy always loved music and started when they all do, in fourth grade at Baldwin School," said Hoover's mother, Joyce Hoover-Clelland.
"I remember the day he came home and said: ‘Well, Mom, I can either play the violin or the drums. I think I would rather play the drums.' "
The choice apparently was a good one because many people called Hoover a "natural" on the drums, his mother said.
In establishing the memorial fund in his memory, Hoover's family decided that music camp scholarships would be a good use of the proceeds from the Circle of Investment. They said Hoover always enjoyed his trips to music camps, and they liked the fact that the scholarship program could help some deserving music students who might not otherwise be able to attend.
The Circles of Investment program provides a way to honor a person, group or company while supporting students and education in Quincy. The Quincy Public Schools Foundation oversees 35 circles that provided $25,000 in distributions to district schools in 2012, according to the news release.
The minimum endowment to create a new circle is $10,000. The minimum to sponsor a new bench in the Kirk Family Circle of Investment Garden outside Quincy High School is $50,000. Gifts of any amount can be added to a circle or bench at any time.
More information is available by contacting Julie Ross, the foundation's executive director, at (217) 228-7158, ext. 2256.