Attorney Ben Crump, Roseburg to Announce $250,000 Scholarship Fund for Weed High School Students Pursuing Higher Education

The scholarship fund emerged during Mill Fire settlement discussions between Roseburg and Crump as a way to further support the long-term recovery of the Lincoln Heights, Weed, and Lake Shastina communities.

Benjamin Crump on “TODAY” in June.(Nathan Congleton / TODAY)

WEED, Ca. — Aug. 30, 2023 — Trial attorney Ben Crump and Roseburg Forest Products today announced a $250,000

Weed Community Scholarship Fund that will support Weed High School graduates pursuing their next level of education.

The scholarship fund will be distributed and overseen by the Community Foundation of the North State.

The scholarship fund emerged during Mill Fire settlement discussions between Roseburg and Crump, when he suggested Roseburg issue a scholarship fund to support the long-term recovery of the Lincoln Heights, Weed and Lake Shastina communities and Roseburg readily agreed to provide one.

“Education is always what holds a community together and prepares its people for the future,” Crump said. “This scholarship will provide Weed students opportunities to pursue their dreams and a foundation of what it means to be part of this great neighborhood, city and region.”

Weed Mayor Ken Palfini, City Manager Tim Rundel, Roseburg General Counsel Matt Lawless, Siskiyou Union High School District Dean of Students Kelsea Ochs and Crump participated in the announcement ceremony held in front of Robert and Barbara Thomas’ home, one of the first to be rebuilt in Lincoln Heights. Neighborhood residents, 96094 Collaborative survivors, Weed City Council members, school district leaders and Roseburg personnel attended the event.

In the year since the Mill Fire occurred on Sept. 2, 2022, the City of Weed and almost all impacted homeowners have received settlements with several homeowners nearing completion of new homes.

“It has been a year of recovery with this strong community persevering, coming together and being resilient,” said Peter Hillan, Roseburg spokesperson. “We are grateful and humbled by the dedication of all those involved who have brought about today’s commitment to the long-term success of the community.”


Attorney Ben Crump

Ken Palfini, Mayor of Weed

Tim Rundel, Weed City Manager

Robert Thomas, first Lincoln Heights homeowner to rebuild

Matt Lawless, Roseburg Forest Products, VP, General Counsel, and Secretary

Kelsea Ochs, Dean of Students, Siskiyou County Unified School District


Aug 30, 2023 at 1 p.m. PT


Home of Robert and Barbara Thomas

1586 Wakefield Ave.,

Weed, California 96094


Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more information, visit

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