A local high school graduate will be the first in his family to attend college thanks to a scholarship from the Junior Seau Foundation.
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In a Wednesday evening award ceremony, the foundation is awarding 25 high school graduates with a total of $125,000.
James Madison High School graduate Bo Kaimuloa has lived on the streets and has been abused, but that's all behind him now.
"Things like this, scholarships that give you a lot of money
that helps out. It gives you a lot of opportunities," said Kaimuloa.
Kaimuloa is heading to the University of Hawaii with the help of a $5,000 scholarship from the late football star's foundation.
"It's so exciting to win this scholarship because it's named after him and everything he's done for this community -- he made everybody more happy," Kaimuloa said.
Seau started the foundation in 1992, but Wednesday's ceremony will take a somber tone. The Chargers great shocked everyone in May when he committed suicide in his Oceanside home.
Kaimuloa is just one of a nation of fans who will help Seau's legacy live on.
"I play the same exact position he does," said Kaimuloa, who is of Polynesian descent like Seau.
Annette Legaspi with the Junior Seau Foundation told 10News, "Junior's always wanted to empower kids. He wanted to make sure they had a future."
Legaspi said the foundation believes Seau is making a difference even in death.
"To give back and that's what Junior always wanted. He wants to help them, so they give back and it just kind of continues full circle," said Legaspi.
Kaimuloa plans to study sports medicine and help athletes with injuries.
"He's one of the greats," said Kaimuloa.
The ceremony is being held at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall and is sponsored by NFL Charities and companies like Bill Walton Inc., which sponsored Kaimuloa.
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