BENEFITING: WASHINGTON AND JEFFERSON COLLEGE
Sam Easoz was burdened with Osteogenesis Imperfecta since birth; a disease that affects the skeletal structure and results in frequent broken bones. In Sam’s case, he was confined to wheelchair and suffered through frequent painful breaks and surgeries throughout his life. Sam had an excellent personality, attitude, and toughness, working very hard against tough odds to meet his goal of attending college in spite of his disability. Unfortunately he passed away in only his first semester at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, but was at least able to enjoy the pride of his achievement for a short time. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew. After his passing, his parents established the “Sam Easoz Memorial Endowed Fund” as a perpetual endowment at the college to give assistance to physically disabled students, with a secondary priority given to a student who demonstrates leadership and compassion in working with individuals with disabilities. Funded for several years now by friends and relatives, the fund provides nominal support each year to a deserving student. However, the desire is to expand the resources for this worthy cause to be able to improve the lives of more deserved students that suffer with disabilities. The goal is to expand donations and continue donations ourselves as possible, to build this to a minimum of $50,000 by the end of 2012. At this level, it could be turned into a perpetual scholarship, as opposed to an endowed fund, that can be awarded to physically disabled students annually to support tuition.