Trayvon Martin Foundation To Receive $50k Donation For College Scholarships

r-TRAYVON-MARTIN-large570.jpgThe parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, left, and Tracy Martin, listen to their attorneys, during a news conference at the National Association of Black Journalists national convention, in Orlando, Florida, Friday, August 2, 2013. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

An Orlando auto group, law firm and black fraternity are among those offering $50,000 as a scholarship to four graduating seniors from Trayvon Martin’s high school in Dade County.

The donors, including the Boyland Auto Group and Invictus Law Group, are to present the money to the Trayvon Martin Foundation and his parents tomorrow in Isleworth.

The donors also include Delta Xi Lambda, a black fraternity based in Orlando, and Boyz-4-Lyfe, a group of long-time friends.

The money goes to the foundation, which will divide it between four 2014 graduating seniors of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, where Trayvon was enrolled at the time of his death, according to a news release announcing the gift.

Its purpose is to help minority teenagers, donors wrote.

“We are doing what we can to make the world a better place by not being divisive but by uplifting our community through educational opportunities for kids who otherwise would not have the same opportunity,” the donors said in their announcement.

Trayvon, an unarmed black 17-year-old, was killed Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford by George Zimmerman, a light-skinned Neighborhood Watch volunteer who had earlier called police, describing the Miami Gardens teenager as suspicious.

A six-member Seminole County jury acquitted Zimmerman last month of second-degree murder.

Trayvon’s parents established the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a non-profit, last year as a way to provide support to the victims of violent crimes, according to its website.

Boyland Auto owns Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando, among other dealerships. or 407-650-6394. ___

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