Charity auction honors late Nvidia worker Philip Scholz who gave his life saving another
Life is tough sometimes, there's just no two ways about it. Earlier this year, Philip Scholz, a 35-year-old graphic design marketer employed by Nvidia, lost his life trying to save a man that was laying down on the Caltrain tracks at the Santa Clara station. In his attempt to pull the man off the tracks, both were struck by the commuter train traveling at 50-70MPH. The man on the tracks survived, but Scholz did not. If there's a silver lining to such tragedy, it's that Scholz's name lives on through the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation, for which Nvidia and Falcon Northwest are attempting to raise funds through a charity auction on eBay.
The foundation provides scholarships to needs-based youth and promotes physical activities involving Scholz's favorite pastime, baseball. A giving person who made the ultimate sacrifice while alive, the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation ensures the spirit of his character lives on in death.
"He was confident, aggressive, capable, I could see that without a moment's hesitation, he's going to act," Nvidia co-found Chris Malachowsky told San Jose Mercury News. "I'm sure his knee-jerk, no hesitation to help someone else is what caused this -- he goes down as a hero in my book."
The machine that's been donated to the charity auction features an Intel Core i7 4770K processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics card, Asus Z87 Maximums motherboard, 16GBof G.Skill DDR3 memory, and two Crucial 1TB M50 solid state drives shoved into a custom designed Falcon Northwest Tiki chassis. All of the proceeds from the auction will go to the foundation.
Head over to the auction page to spy more pictures and/or place a bid. The auction ends on May 8, 2014.