Taliesin Namkai-Meche

Reed College scholarship to honor Taliesin Namkai-Meche

Reed College is creating a scholarship to honor Taliesin Namkai-Meche, the Ashland native who was killed May 26 while defending two teenage girls from a racist tirade on a Portland light rail train.

"In a few moments on a crowded Portland commuter train, Reed grad Taliesin Namkai-Meche ’16 became an inspiration for people around the globe," says a post on the school's website. "He confronted a racist maniac who was harassing two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. For this act of decency, he paid with his life.

"The heartbreaking incident, and the courageous response of Taliesin and two other bystanders, drew international headlines. In the wake of the tragedy, members of the Reed community chose to create a scholarship fund to honor Taliesin’s life and create a legacy of generosity for future Reedies.

To make an online gift in his memory, see

To mail a gift, make checks payable to Reed College and indicate the Taliesin Namkai-Meche Scholarship. Checks should be mailed to the Office of College Relations, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR 97202.

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