The Legacy of Stuart Scott Lives On

This month, a generous new grant and Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, launched in partnership with the V Foundation, is less than a year old. But in its latest bit of endowment, it has earmarked $600,000 over three years for Dr. Sanford Markowitz and a team of cancer researchers at Case Western Reserve University.

From the announcement:

“We deeply appreciate the support of the V Foundation and the special obligation that comes with this grant honoring Stuart Scott’s name and memory,” said Dr. Markowitz. “This grant will move research forward to understand why colon cancers are more lethal when they develop in African Americans. Our aim is for the knowledge gained to hopefully benefit African Americans who develop colon cancer and to potentially help us to develop new methods to improve colon cancer outcomes in the African American community.”

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And this Friday, Scott will be posthumously inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. The Oct. 23 ceremony on the campus of the University of North Carolina will be MC-ed by Tar Heels broadcaster Jones Angell:

The annual “Late Night With Roy” event, marking the start of Carolina’s basketball season, will follow the induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. and include a tribute to Scott, who first hosted “Late Night” in 2001 and did so a total of 10 times.

“Stuart Scott was an original who defined his brand of sports reporting,” said Susan King, dean of the UNC School of Media and Journalism. “He challenged the generation after him to be authentic and to find their voices as broadcasters. That may be his strongest professional legacy.”

Among those who sent in a letter of nomination for Scott: UNC-Chapel Hill head basketball coach Roy Williams. At the Oct. 23 ceremony, Mia Hamm (UNC Class of ’93) will also speak.