Community raises $10K in scholarships to honor Northside hero

The Twin Cities community is turning pain into power with its support of the Donise White Scholarship Fund. White, who passed away November 8 after a brief battle with stomach cancer, was known for her commitment to community and youth. She not only believed in Black excellence, she exemplified it.

Her husband Houston White, owner of HWMR barbershop and lifestyle brand Black Excellence, created the scholarship to honor her legacy.

“Through this fund, young people in her community and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to receive funds towards the college of [their] choice,” said Houston. “Your offering no matter what amount will be a part of celebrating Donise and sharing in the longevity of her legacy for years to come.”

In less than two weeks, Houston has already raised more than $10,000. He announced Aniki Allen, owner of Ice Cream Bow Ties, as the first scholarship recipient. [see “Aniki’s Ice Cream Bow Ties” in MSR’s Nov. 15 issue]
“I thank each and every one of you for your generosity and support for a cause my wife deeply believed in,” shared Houston via the GoFundMe. “Donise loved to see young folks dream big and have the means to fund their ideas.”

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