We are continually raising funds to establish The Rodney James Pimentel Memorial Scholarship in honor of our dear friend, Rodney James (RJ) Pimentel, who was taken from us much too soon in May of 2023 at the young age of 25.
Funds raised will be used to support financially disadvantaged students in CA pursuing an undergraduate STEM degree, something that RJ was extremely passionate about. The Rodney James Pimentel Memorial Scholarship will be annually awarded to a student who exemplifies RJ’s compassionate and generous spirit as well as meets the criteria set by the sponsorship organizers.
In November 2023, following the successful completion of our initial fundraising round, we successfully launched and announced the scholarship for 2024. The award is currently set at $5,000 for a single chosen recipient. All future funds raised will be used to fund this scholarship for future years in order to maintain an annual cadence. If we manage to exceed our targets by a significant amount in a given year, additional awards may be granted to additional recipients.
RJ was a remarkable soul. He embraced life with unwavering enthusiasm, inspiring all who knew him to find adventure and joy in each day. RJ was a mentor, a brother, and a best friend who was beloved by all. One of RJ’s most inspiring qualities was his dedication to not only his education but the encouragement to others. His enthusiasm for learning and sharing knowledge was contagious. During his time at UC Berkeley, RJ studied Computer Science, while teaching classes on topics ranging from Sleep Psychology to iOS Development. He was a spirited and steadfast member of the Berkeley community, always encouraging those around him to get involved.
We thank you for your support and encourage you to share RJ’s story with others in hopes that they help us fund the Rodney James Pimentel Memorial Scholarship and keep his legacy alive. To stay updated with the RJ Pimentel Memorial Foundation’s mission, please visit us at our website friendsofrj.org.