According to Mosley, her son was passionate about two things: his education and 4-H. When he told her, not long before he passed away, that he wanted to do something to help kids be able to go to state camp, Mosley said she had to make sure his wish became a reality.
The Robby Venturino Memorial State 4-H Camp Scholarship will allow one 4-H'er attending OMC, Alpha I, or Alpha II to go to camp for free. Those usually cost about $250 for one week.
Brent Clark, director of development for the West Virginia University Extension Service, which oversees 4-H in the state, said hundreds of kids attend state 4-H camp each year, and many receive scholarships to make camp more affordable.
"We worked a lot with Robby's parents to have this scholarship established," Clark said. "It was one of Robby's wishes to be able to help others attend 4-H camp, and this was one way his parents felt they could fulfill the wish that he had."
Venturino's other dream was to graduate from WVU, Mosley said, and he took classes at a nearby college in Williamson when he was in remission and talked about his plans to attend graduate school, even after doctors informed him there were no more treatment options left.
He enrolled in WVU in August 2011, according to a story in the WVU Extension Service's Development Quarterly magazine.
During its 2013 spring commencement ceremony, WVU awarded Robby a posthumous degree.
And during OMC 2013, staff and campers honored Venturino after a council circle one evening, when they released LED balloons into the night sky and sharing their memories of the former "Mingo tribe" member.
Venturino was also inducted into the 4-H All Stars, the highest honor awarded to 4-H'ers, during OMC.
"I held it together, even through the graduation ceremony at WVU, but I lost it during that," Mosley said.
Clark said WVU Extension hopes to maintain the scholarship for years to come, and encourages anyone interested in donating to contact the WVU Extension Office by calling (800) 670-4838.
"He wanted to share his love of 4-H in whatever way he could, and if that was just in his memory, that would have to be enough," Mosley said.Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.