Few who were living in Greenwood County in the late 1980s have forgotten the story of Malakia "Kia" Logan, whose life ended tragically at age 8. Now Kia's name will live on in the Malakia Logan Memorial Scholarship, which was recently established at Lander University.
The process of creating the scholarship began when the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office realized that money collected from family and friends to establish a reward fund for the Logan case remained unused. The reward fund was originally opened by Countybank with an initial donation of $2,000. Through the combined efforts of Kia's family and former Greenwood County Sheriff Sam Riley, retired FBI Agent John Fradella and current Sheriff Tony Davis, the account balance of $20,328.68 was donated to form the scholarship, which will help fund the education of deserving Lander students.
Kia lived most of her life in Greenwood and she loved school - two of the main reasons why her family chose to establish the scholarship at Lander, family said.
The scholarship will be awarded annually from fund income to a full-time, incoming freshman with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who has a financial need. The recipient must be a resident of Greenwood, Saluda, Edgefield, McCormick, Laurens, Newberry or Abbeville counties. The student must also be an education or nursing major. Lander will begin awarding the scholarship for the fall 2010 semester. Former Sheriff Riley and Sheriff Davis agreed that, "members of the community supported the Logan family when in need, and now those funds will support those in need with educational opportunities."
Tax-deductable contributions for the Malakia Logan Memorial Scholarship may be made to The Lander Foundation. For information, contact Lander's Office of University Advancement at 864-388-8350.