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Scholarship Endowment Honors Lives of 3 Bay County Teens

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A Helping Hand from Kyle Livingston, a Shining Smile from Madison Hair And Chase Gilligan's Free Spirit. 

In their short time on Earth, these three Bay County teens left a legacy of changing lives for the better, and though they are gone, they continue to bring positive change to the world.

Wednesday the Panama City Northside Rotary Club launched The 2013 Gilligan, Hair, and Livingston Endowment Scholarship.

This $25,000 endowment will go towards continuing education for deserving high school seniors.

"I was surprised, shocked that anybody would care so much to do something like this," said Kyle's Mother, Tina Cox.

Cox stifled tears remembering her son, who was a lover of fishing and Alabama football. She said this scholarship would help many whom she knows Kyle would call a friend.

"I'm very happy, humble, that my child made a difference in a lot of people's lives," said Cox.

Chase Gilligan's parents displayed pride through sadness, and though they kept quiet Wednesday, its clear Chase's desire to help others went way back to 2002. In his first grade year, he was applauded by New York City firefighters after a year long effort to raise money for victims of 9/11.

Then there's Madison Hair; a whole community grieved her loss in June, yet, Wednesday, her parents, and brother said they've found peace.

"Her memory will be kept alive forever and I'm honored by that," said Madison's Mother, Jody Hair.

For Jody, who's a lifelong teacher, knowing Madison's name will forever be connected to advancing higher education in the lives of Bay County Students was a honor worthy of the girl they call "hero."

"We just know her spirit is with us and she continues to live. She's an inspiration," said Hair.

The rotary club needs your help to raise the 25,000 for the endowment. They are asking for donations of ten dollars in return for a ticket. That ticket will go into a drawing for a black 2003 Z4 BMW.