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Elayne Walker-Cabral Medical Scholarship Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / November 5, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

“Elayne’s devotion and love for education, family, and community inspired and transformed all the lives she touched,” states the obituary for Elayne Walker-Cabral, director of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) Community School at the time of her death in May 2016.

One of those she touched was Idalys Perez, who was completing her sophomore year at The Met at the time of Elayne’s death. “Mrs. Elayne was a friend of my mother’s and I’d known her since I was a baby. She had a focus on community and on helping as many people as she could. She had a passion for mentoring students and really valued family. She made the MET School feel like home to a lot of students and always told students to be who you are and always respect others,” Idalys shares.

A graduate of Classical High School and Spelman College, Elayne had been part of the Met School for more than 20 years, “educating, engaging, mentoring, and providing optimal opportunities for students, advisors, and adult learners.”

When Elayne’s husband asked the Met to help in making the community more aware of cardiovascular disease, from which Elayne had died, Idalys took it on as her junior project, organizing a walkathon to benefit the American Heart Association and creating a scholarship in Elayne’s name.

But Idalys wasn’t done. For her senior project, she organized a gala – complete with jazz music, raffles and silent auctions, and an educational presentation on cardiovascular health - and set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of creating this endowment that forever will award scholarships to graduating students of the Met who are pursuing education toward medical careers. “Mrs. Elayne was a strong supporter of continuing education. This endowment is giving us the opportunity to make the medical scholarship permanent as a testimony to Mrs. Elayne’s memory,” Idalys explains.

She continues, “I like the idea of having the scholarship at the (Rhode Island) Foundation because of the sustainability of an endowment. This scholarship will forever help MET students, and Mrs. Elayne’s legacy of helping students will continue forever as well.”

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