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Updates on the Terez Paylor Scholarships | You Pod to Win the Game

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Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson is joined by Ebony Reed, fiancée of the late Terez Paylor. Ebony chats about what she's been up to the last year, and provides exciting updates about the status of the two scholarships in Terez' name at Howard University and the University of Missouri. Buy an All-Juice Team hoodie or tee from BreakingT.com/Terez. All profits directly fund the Terez A. Paylor scholarship at Howard University. Donate directly at giving.howard.edu/givenow. Under “Tribute,” please note that your gift is made in memory of Terez A. Paylor. Under “Designation,” click on “Other” and write in “Terez A. Paylor Scholarship.” Donate directly to the PowerMizzou Journalism Alumni Scholarship in memory of Terez Paylor. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: All right, we got a little bit of a special segment here today on the podcast. It makes me very happy. Everyone has sort of processed through their feelings the last year. Obviously, we're coming up on the one-year mark of Terez's passing. And often I'm asked about Ebony Reed, Terez Paylor's fiancee. I think people are like, how is Ebony doing?

EBONY REED: I'm doing OK. It's definitely an unexpected thing to experience. I don't think there's anything that I could have done in my life or anyone could do to prepare for something like this. I'm really grateful for my counselor and a support group that I joined. There's no way I could be where I am today without the support that I've had. I'm trying to do the things that I think honor him but also allow me, as my counselor says, to move forward in my life. And I'm working on that, and that is the process.

CHARLES ROBINSON: I have definitely realized the value of not only being able to talk about the mental health aspect of it, but also lean on other people, have conversations about T, and come out of them feeling like you've grown a little bit just from those conversations. And especially with you.

EBONY REED: I just keep telling myself, Charles, Terez died-- he died happy. I mean, he was happy in his life, and so I try to take some comfort in that. And I think about that, and I also think about how important education was to him. Terez was an excellent student when he was in college, and he always wanted a scholarship. That was something he had mentioned just randomly. One night he just said to me, as we were getting ready to go to bed, he just said, you know, I'd really like a scholarship some day in my name.

Part of the reason I wanted to come on is because I do feel a sense of responsibility because people responded when I asked for their money, and they gave it and continue to give it to his scholarships. And Terez has two scholarships that carry his name. One is at Howard. That scholarship is just under $110,000. Just about 400 contributors have made that happen, and so there's just been a lot of support there for that scholarship. And so Howard will award the first recipient of the Terez A. Paylor Scholarship, which is an endowment, this fall. At least--

CHARLES ROBINSON: Oh, wow.

EBONY REED: --that's their plan.

CHARLES ROBINSON: OK.

EBONY REED: And Terez has another scholarship in his name. It's the PowerMizzou Journalism Alumni Scholarship in memory of Terez Paylor. And Terez covered University of Missouri sports. And this one is also really special to me as well because I'm a Mizzou alum. And so Gabe DeArmond, who's the publisher for PowerMizzou, he said to me, you know, Ebony, I'd like to rename the scholarship that I have in Terez's memory. And at first, I was a little worried because I didn't want people to be confused about which one to donate to, and I was really trying to get the Howard one at a certain level so it would be an endowment.

And both scholarships are endowed. Since it attached Terez's name, that scholarship now has more than $60,000 that's been raised. And our goal this year for it is around $85,000. So fundraising for both of the scholarships continue. And Terez's birthday is January the 28th. And so if people are thinking about him then and they want to contribute, they can follow me, Ebony Reed, on Twitter. And I always have something in my feed. If you scroll down, you'll find something about the scholarships and how to contribute.

CHARLES ROBINSON: We also have in the podcast description, we have ways that people can help to contribute to these scholarships. It's been touching to see so many people want to contribute. And the thing is, it's an extension of who he really is. Well, I appreciate you coming on today. And you know this is your home too. I want you to know that. This podcast will always be your home. You're always welcome. You can come on any time--

EBONY REED: Thank you.

CHARLES ROBINSON: --you want. We can talk about whatever you want. And like I said, so many listeners for so long have asked about you.

EBONY REED: I know.

CHARLES ROBINSON: And I think they'll really enjoy this.

EBONY REED: I hope that they do, and I definitely appreciate their love and support. And I know that Terez's parents do as well too.