Aidan Parigen Foundation

Aidan was a young man who was full of life, laughter, and love for his family and friends.  Always armed with a quick wit and hilarious impressions, all who met him quickly felt at ease with Aidan and called him their friend. Wherever Aidan went, no matter what room he walked into, it became brighter.  His infectious smile and eyes that sparkled with humor, and quite frankly a ton a mischief, captivated all who met him.  On April 6th, 2019 our lives were forever changed when the incomprehensible happened, we lost our beautiful boy.  The boy with the big smile and twinkling eyes lost sight of his value to his family and friends in a dark and impulsive moment forgot to show himself the grace he’s shown others his whole life.  While his death had been a traumatic and life altering event for all who loved him, we choose to remember Aidan for the light that was in this sometimes-dark world.

Our mission is twofold: first, we plan to honor the memory of Aidan’s life by awarding a college scholarship each year to one William Mason High School and one Coronado High School student where Aidan attended 9th and 10th grades.  The Grace You Give Scholarship aims to identify not the smartest or highest scoring students, but rather, the student who showed grace to the classmates through friendship and humor.

Second, we plan to create an educational program called “The Grace You Give Initiative.”  This program will aim to be a resource that will come to high schools around the country to teach what giving grace means and help students to build a toolbox of coping skills that can be used when they may be struggling with negative feelings.

Organizer and beneficiary

Ann Vickery-Tinker
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Colleen Parigen

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