An anonymous group has donated more than $3 million to the Rev. Clementa Pinckney scholarship fund, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced Thursday.

Interest from the donation will fund scholarships for countless children for years to come in the name of Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator and pastor of the Emanuel AME Church who was gunned down with eight of his parishioners during a Bible study on June 17.

The fund will provide college and advanced degree scholarships for members of the extended Mother Emanuel AME Church community, the city said.

“This is a permanent fund that will grow in size and countless people will get a college education,” Riley said. “They will know their scholarship is in the name of Rev. Clementa Pinckney. And they will know that scholarship is available because this community and the country responded with love.”

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