Jailed rapper Troy Ave is not letting the legal system get the best of him and recently set up a scholarship in honor of late friend Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.

According to reports, Ave’s $2,000 scholarship already has its recipient.

Last week, Troy Ave‘s lawyer, John Stella, announced that the Brooklyn rapper would be setting up an athletic scholarship at New Utrecht High School, where both Troy and the late Ronald “Banga” McPhatter attended high school together. Today at 1 p.m., the first New Utrecht student will be presented with a $2000 scholarship in McPhatter’s name, according to Troy Ave’s other lawyer, Scott Leemon. (XXL Mag)

Although careful with his words, rapper YG recently said he understood the decisions Troy made in a now-infamous New York concert shooting.

“It’s sad homie,” YG said about the recent New York shooting. “Troy, that’s my dude, you feel me? One time for Troy. That’s sad ’cause, I don’t even want to say what I want to say on mic, on air, but it’s the same thing. I don’t know bro because I feel like this – if I got popped, I would have done the same thing. I would have made my way out that joint. Period. And that just goes for anybody. Reaction. Protocol. I don’t know, man, it’s sad, I mean, it was backstage at a concert so the first shot shouldn’t have went off like right there.” (WSHH)

A few days prior, prosecutors announced Ave’s indictment on multiple felony charges.

Rapper Troy Ave was indicted on charges related to the fatal shooting of his pal and bodyguard at a T.I. concert near Union Square last month, prosecutors announced Thursday in Manhattan court. Collins is due back in court June 22. He is being held without bail. (New York Post)

Earlier this month, Troy proclaimed his innocence and intent to receive bail from jail.

“I lost my best friend and the worst part about it is I didn’t realize he was my best friend until I lost him. And that sh*t hurts worse than these bullets from when I got shot. It’s out of the elements, out of my control, can’t do nothing but pour salt into the wound. … I got no choice but to adapt – Shout-out to everyone that’s been supporting me. It’s Free Troy Ave. As soon as I get a bail I’m up out of here and then the world will know the truth. They’ll know I’m innocent.” (DatPiff)