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Metallica helps raise thousands for Morgan Harrington scholarship

Partnership between rock band and Virginia Tech bookstore benefits fund honoring missing student's memory

Rock band Metallica has helped raise $17,000 for the Morgan Harrington Scholarship Fund since it partnered with the Virginia Tech bookstore in October to allow the school to sell “Enter Sandman” shirts.

Former Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington went missing in Oct. 2009 after attending a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena.

The most recent partnership between the band and Harrington family led to the creation of the of maroon and orange colored T-shirts that included the Metallica lyrics “Enter Sandman”.

The Morgan Harrington Scholarship Fund, to which all shirt proceeds go, sponsors students studying with Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, where Morgan used to work.

Virginia Tech Bookstore Associate Director David Wilson said he is thrilled about the initiative’s success.

“It’s kind of exciting, and there has been really good interest in it,” Wilson said. “So far, everything has gone really well.”

The short sleeved version of the shirt sells for $19.99 and the long sleeve version for $24.99 at the Virginia Tech Bookstore.