The Billings Catholic Schools Foundation has set up a scholarship fund in the name of a Billings boy who died last week in a car crash.
Noah Keller, 12, was killed Thursday when the sport utility vehicle in which he was riding rolled several times in Phillips County. He had just finished his sixth-grade year at St. Francis Upper School and was getting ready to go into seventh grade.
Jan Haider, the foundation’s executive director, said people have been donating to the Noah Keller Scholarship Fund since this weekend. While there are 28 permanent scholarships within the Catholic school system, the Noah Keller Scholarship is the first permanent one at the upper school.
“People called and said we should do it, the whole staff said it was a good idea,” Haider said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do. Noah was really such a good kid.”
Noah’s mother, Lia Keller, also works for the foundation.
The scholarship will help a single student each year pay for tuition costs. Haider said the amount of money it will provide each year has not yet been determined.
Anyone wishing to contribute can send donations to the Noah Keller Scholarship Fund, c/o the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107. For more information, call the foundation at 252-0252.