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Scholarship funds being created for Isaiah Wilson

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Days after a judge dismissed a case that involved a bi-racial student's vehicle being targeted with a racial epithet, the community is now rallying around him both verbally and financially.

Isaiah Wilson was the target of a hate crime back in October when a classmate wrote the N-word on his vehicles window.

Under state statute, a vehicle does not meet the definition to be targeted for a hate crime, and the case was dismissed.

Outcry for the community has now turned a jaw-dropping action into something good.

Scottsbluff Attorney Philip Kelly has started a scholarship fund for Wilson. Kelly and his wife started the fund with $1,000 from their own pocket. Kelly's law firm, Douglas, Kelly, Ostdiek and Ossian matched it. Contributions can be made by going to any Platte Valley Bank branch in the area for that scholarship fund.

"It'll be an opportunity for individuals to make a contribution to pay for his college expenses and to send him a message that in this community there are good people and that's why we set it up." Said Kelly.

Kelly met Wilson for the first time on Thursday. He says Wilson expressed interest in attending either Western Nebraska Community College or Eastern Wyoming College to become a biology teacher. 

Kelly's scholarship fund has prompted Isaiah's aunt to create a scholarship fund online. In just hours, the community has already raised more than $500 for this scholarship; which is 5% of its $10,000 goal.

His Aunt, Keri Lee says that she wants to help show Isaiah that ignorance and hate does not win, and he will be victorious in the end.

You can check out the online scholarship fund by going to



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