Morris Jeff Community School is inviting the public to support a scholarship fund established in the memory of Augustine Greenwood, a grandmother of a 2022 Morris Jeff graduating student who was killed by a stray bullet during a melee in the Xavier University parking lot after the school’s commencement ceremonies.
This scholarship will be awarded annually to a Morris Jeff graduate needing assistance to attend college.
“Ms. Greenwood, the matriarch of her family, was loved by many,” said Head of School Patricia Perkins. “Ms. Greenwood’s daughter, Geraldine, who is mother to ‘22 graduate Corey Lashley, said her mother was so proud to see her children and grandchildren graduate, as she believed in the pursuit of higher education.”
Greenwood spent her life caring for others. Born in Ponchatoula to a family of 13 children, she became a caregiver to her younger siblings. She then worked as a professional nanny before marrying and having six children of her own. She continued to nurture 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
“Her presence filled rooms with warmth, joy and unconditional love,” Greenwood’s obituary states. She was an active member of a social aid and pleasure club and an avid gardener who helped build a community garden and worked with individuals and organizations to help bring back the community after Hurricane Katrina.
Contributions can be made online at the school’s website, morrisjeffschool.org, or by sending a check to Greenwood Scholarship Fund, 211 S. Lopez St., New Orleans, LA 70119. Corporate, individual and recurring donations are accepted.