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News - February 7, 2014

Scholarship to honor former Castro student

by Nick Veronin

A scholarship fund is being created in memory of Garon Bolden, a former Mountain View resident who penned a popular pro-education rap song when he was just 10 years old. Bolden, 17, was killed last month when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Jose.

Investigators are still looking into the circumstances surrounding Bolden's death. The teen was apparently on a freeway on-ramp when he was hit, according to one local news report.

Bolden's father, Greg, said he wants people to remember his son for the vibrant life he lived.

According to an obituary issued by his family, Bolden showed a love and gift for music at a young age. He learned to read music when he was 8 years old. When he was 10, Bolden co-wrote and produced two hip-hop songs that were featured on several local radio stations, including KMEL.

The Voice profiled Bolden in a 2007 article, which focused on one of his songs, titled "Makin' the Grade," in which the young emcee rapped about staying out of trouble so he could excel in his studies.

His parents, Greg and Renee, have started a scholarship fund in his honor. All proceeds will go into a scholarship fund that will be managed by San Jose State University.

Those who wish to contribute to the Garon Bolden Memorial Fund can do so by going to, clicking on the "Give Now" button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen and typing "In Memory of Garon Bolden" in the "Other Purpose Box."

Donations can also be mailed to be mailed to SJSU, University Advancement, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0183.


Posted by Nan Recker, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I am deeply sorry to her of this family's tragic loss! I remember him when he was a student at Castro, and later when he was a student at Mountain View High. His Mom, Renee was one of the founding members of the MVWSEPTA (now the LCC Committee of MVLA PTSA). He was a truly remarkable young man and we will always be grateful for having known him.

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