Grieving mother finds hope in scholarship program

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Posted at 10:05 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 23:38:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A mother who lost her son to gun violence in Nashville is turning her grief into help for college-bound students.

Stacie Payne's son, Cameron Selmon, was shot and killed on the Tennessee State University campus back in October 2015.

But as Stacie continues to grieve, she also started a scholarship in her son's name.

In the few years since it began, she's coordinated $18,000 in scholarships to 19 college-bound students who have something to say about gun violence.

"They talk about being positive role models, what they see on the news, what's in the neighborhood, how they can be positive, how they can share something positive on social media rather than the same things that are hurting our youth," Payne said.

Payne is now taking applicants for the next round of scholarships through next month. Here is more information on the scholarship program.