In response to the slaying last July of Dr. Robert S. Rixse, more than 300 persons have contributed to a foundation in his memory. That foundation recently announced the establishment of a scholarship fund for Alexandria high school seniors. The Robert S. Rixse Foundation reports it has received donations totaling $30,000.
The award, The Rixse Scholar, entitles a student who is going on to college to a $5,000 scholarship. The student will receive $2,000 in his or her freshman year, and $1,000 for the following three years.
To qualify for the scholarship, a student must rank in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class and demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, athletics and community service. The student also must "exemplify the commitment to personal accomplishment that was embodied in the life of Dr. Rixse," according to the trustees of the Rixse Foundation.
The foundation's Advisory Board is looking for ways to continue its fund-raising efforts.
Rixse, who was slain at his home last July, was active in local affairs, serving as team physician for the crew and football programs at T.C. Williams High School and other Alexandria schools.
The foundation was established shortly after Rixse's death.