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  1. Randy – I am so glad you are honoring your brother Tony in such a positive pay-it-forward way. Your stories of the type of man he was, I have to think he is smiling down on you, your family and this wonderful endeavor. So many of us have been personally touched by suicide that as I type these words, I can feel the tears coming to the surface. To think of the unimaginable pain someone is in for this to be the answer hurts my heart. To have this scholarship in Tony’s memory serves as a powerful statement that good can come from the darkest days. I am in awe of your strength and humility. Thank you for sharing this with the world.
    Your friend,

  2. Caitlyn Davidson

    Watching all that you’ve accomplished, this has to be my proudest moment. You inspire me everyday papa and i couldn’t be happier to be there in support.

    Being a current college student, I know how beneficial this scholarship can be for those who have lost a loved one due to suicide, and everyone who donates has the power to impact those who are struggling.

  3. Tony Korey’s legacy will live on, and his admiring and devoted brother, Randy, should be proud of following through with a vision. This is a touching and beautifully designed project with an incredible purpose. I have worked as a private psychotherapist for 35 years and have heard many of these tragic stories; and I have been personally affected by the loss of someone I loved deeply by suicide. It changed me, I will always remember, but with help, I can now help others. There is help, there are resources and there are people who care. Randy Kaforey’s project is one of those resources. He took his pain and his love for his brother and created the Suicide Survivor Scholarship fund. Please donate so that others can heal from their sadness and carry on with their lives with hope.

  4. I, Wilson F. Engel, III, PhD, have included Randy Kaforey’s call in my newsletter, The Tightfisted Scot, this month. I heartily endorse this effort as it focuses funding for the benefit of those who, innocently, are the deprived survivors. I know of no other endeavor of this kind, and I am convinced Mr. Kaforey will faithfully assure implied promises will be kept for the sake of education and welfare with minimal expenses for overhead and other extraneous costs.

  5. Wilson F. Engel, III, Ph.D.

    This is a worthy enterprise that I have endorsed and supported by listing this web site with my approval in my newsletter ‘The Tightfisted Scot Advisory Newsletter.’ Randy Kaforey does honor to his brother by placing emphasis on the survivors of tragic events beyond their control. Scholarships are the right idea, and an endowment will direct funds to a specific educational purpose.

  6. I lost my 18 year old sister who commited suicide, because her grades didn’t meet most of the colleges minimum requirements. Also a few years earlier our father went out to the garage and killed himself. None of us in the family ever saw this coming. It was a shocking as the sound of the gunshot my dad used to kill himself.

    Shelli was was a shining light for others, no matter how she was doing herself. She would drop whatever she was working on and help any friend in need. It’s still hard to imagine she’s gone.

    When I came across this website I just thought why didn’t they start this 2 years ago, because I think she’d still be here today. Although this was started too late to help my sister, I believe they’ve hit on something very important and I’m going to pass this on to my family & friends

    1. Teresa,

      I’m so very sorry to hear about your sister Shelli and I agree I wish I would have started my company years, even decades ago. I came up with the idea at my brother’s gravesite during his memorial service. With the pandemic, and the decision I made to make it a non-profit the IRS was almost 1 full year behind on their 501c3 applications. Hence the delay in starting this.

      I will admit I’m very surprised at the limited # of donations and even comments. While in the process of setting this up I had so many friends, co-workers and family that thought my idea was a great one and that it will explode with donations. This hasn’t been the case, and I have no idea why. I promise I’m trying as hard as I can to get the word out and share my message as far and wide as I can. I thank you, not only your donation but for your comments. I somehow need to get my idea to a TV station, newspaper or someone who has a ton of friends or followers. I thought about calling them myself but that would be like asking them for free advertising. I know if I can somehow get this to a newspaper, local TV or even like CNN the donations would pour in and I can help a lot of families and students that really want to go to college. You wouldn’t happen to know of anyone that works for a TV station or newspaper do ya?

      Again thanks for the donation and comments. It’s people like you that made me want to do this. This is a great idea and I’m not just saying that because it’s my idea. I don’t know of any other scholarship like it. You and Shelli will be in my prayers tonight.


  7. Marilyn Kaforey

    I’m thrilled that this idea borne 3 years ago for Randy has become a reality. Hopefully this will help many students with college for many years to come. That would be the best way to not let Tony be forgotten.

  8. I’m very proud of my brother Randy, and my sister-in-law, Marilyn, for taking on the daunting task of creating a not-for-profit scholarship fund in honor of our oldest brother, Tony. I know it has not been easy. Kudos too to their son Scott, and our nephew Antonio, for their contributions. As well as to others I may not be aware of who contributed their time, brainpower, and love.

    As Randy said in the video, Tony was a wonderful man and a great brother, son, and Uncle. “Uncle T” to all of our kids who adored him. Tony was a bit of a loner, which was diametrically opposed, to a person who was very engaging, funny, and caring. I, personally, use to love talking with him about sports and about movies and television. All of which he was quite an expert of. I wish we would have talked more often. Around 2008, Tony interrupted his life in Pittsburgh, for the better part of 3-4 years to move back home to Rochester, NY, where he became a live-in aide and companion to our parents before they passed away. For that, we are forever grateful. I know how hard the loss of Tony hit all of us and how difficult it has to be for Randy and Mar to pursue this endeavor.

    My wish is that God puts it in the heart of everyone who is capable of donating, to do so at least once, if not a recurring donation so that this scholarship fund can help college students and their families who have been impacted, both emotionally and financially, by the tragic suicide of a loved one.

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