In October 1991 friends Becky Peat and Margaret “Burkie” Piper who were sophomores at Madison East High School were killed by a driver as they crossed East Washington Avenue in front of the school.
In the years following the crash the Peat-Piper Memorial Scholarship fund was set up to award $500 each year to Madison East High students.
The fund is administered by the Marquette Neighborhood Association and is funded partially through proceeds from MNA fundraisers.
This year four recipients were named, three from East and one from Shabazz City High School. Wednesday night (June 5) the awards were presented to the East students by MNA President Michael Jacob.
Jacob posted this Message on the MNA Facebook page following the presentation of the scholarships:
Each spring we gather to celebrate community over a great bowl (or two or three) of chili and to raise funds for the Peat-Piper Scholarship in honor of the two students who tragically lost their lives in front of East High some number of years ago. (Becky Peat and Margaret “Burkie” Piper died on October 15, 1991)
We typically aim to give two $500 scholarships; this year the proceeds from the chili dinner allowed us to give four!
Next week I will present the fourth scholarship, to Jele Magdalina, at Shabazz [City High School].
Thanks to all the volunteers who put together this great event and to all the neighbors who show up and make possible delivering a little bit of financial help toward the post-secondary educational endeavors of these remarkable young adults! -Michael Jacob
Learn more about the Peat-Piper Memorial Scholarship here