This Teen is Paying it Forward & Creating a Scholarship for Grieving Students

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 4.32.31 PM Bobby, 19, created a crowdfunding campaign to help other students, who lost a loved one to a heart attack.

After losing his father to a heart attack at age 10,

In an essay on Too Damn Young—an online resource and community for grieving teens—Bobby explains why he started the campaign. He writes:

I want students who have lost a parent to a heart attack to not feel cornered; I want them to  be able to be able to choose the college they want to go to without having to worry about tuition payments. I am aware that there are a lot of financial burdens that come with losing a parent suddenly to a heart problem (or in any way), but I want to make sure that tuition is not one of them.

In the following video, Bobby further discusses the Have A Heart program:

To read the rest of Bobby's post, head over to Too Damn Young. The site's mission is to let grieving teens know they're not alone, by sharing personal essays, resources, and more.

For more about this topic, check out "The Secret World of Grief" story from the March 2014 issue of Choices — a health, well-being, and life skills magazine for middle and high school students.