SURREY â€” Laura Szendreiâ€™s name will live on in the halls of academia with a scholarship in her name at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).
The Laura Szendrei Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created through a $20,000 donation that will establish a lifetime of financial support for Delta youth in the young girl’s memory.
The endowment was raised through a community-wide fundraising and awareness initiative, which includes the yearly Walk, Run and Roll event, held last Sunday at North Delta Secondary.
It will fund an annual $1,000 scholarship for a student enrolled in a KPU program who is passionate about giving back to others.
â€œLaura was kind, gregarious yet humble, and a hard-working, kind-hearted young woman,â€ said schoolmate Kirsten Martin.
She desribes Szendrei as being devoted to her family, and loved sports and the outdoors, playing soccer, and was active in her local church.
Szendrei was a grade 10 French-immersion Burnsview student who was murdered in September 2010.
The endowment was made possible through several five and 10-kilometre memorial runs organized by Brian White, Diane and Darlene Maclean, Wendy Colville, the Szendrei family and many volunteers.
For more information about the Walk, Run and Roll event visit: lswalkrunroll.com.