The West Chester Area School District established a scholarship fund in memory of Bianca Roberson, the 18-year-old Rustin High School graduate who was killed in a road rage shooting in June. Police say she was fatally shot in the head by 28-year-old, David Desper when the two drivers were attempting to merge into the same lane on Route 100 in West Goshen, Pa.
Rustin Principal Mike Marano wanted to create a scholarship to keep Roberson’s memory alive.
“It’s something that I think is important as a school community to do because of how important all of our students are and because of how much we depend on each other to get us through tragedies like this,” he said, “I think it’s very important to show that support for her family and to keep her memory alive and all the special qualities that she had.”
Marano is working on the scholarship criteria with Roberson’s mom, her guidance counselor, and a few teachers she was close to as a student. They’re still ironing out the details, but want to emphasize her loving nature. After losing her brother, Roberson persevered in school despite the hardship, and was known for being a loyal and supportive friend to many.
“She also had an interest in helping others,” Marano said. “She worked at a local retirement community and was well-known there for the impact she made on the residents’ lives.”
Roberson had planned on attending Jacksonville University this fall, aspiring for a career in law enforcement.
“That’s something we’d consider [for the criteria] as well,” Marano said.
He added that he hopes the scholarship will let future students benefit from Roberson’s caring legacy.
Desper, of Trainer, Delaware, is charged in her murder and is being held at the Chester County Prison.
The court hearing for Desper has been postponed to August 17, at the request of his attorney.