2010-11 Remembrance Scholars to be Honored Oct. 22
2010-11 Remembrance Scholars to be Honored at Oct. 22 Convocation
October 14, 2010
The 2010-11 Convocation for Remembrance Scholars, honoring 35 outstanding Syracuse University students from this year’s senior class, will be held Friday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.
The Remembrance Scholarships, among the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the University, were founded as a tribute to the 270 people, including 35 SU students, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the tragedy.
The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents and corporations. Significant support for the Remembrance Scholarships has been provided by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation; and C. Jean Thompson ‘66 and SU Trustee Richard L. Thompson G’67 in memory of Jean Taylor Phelan Terry ‘43 and John F. Phelan, Jean Thompson’s parents.
Applicants for the $5,000 scholarship were asked to highlight their academic achievements and University activities, including community service. They also wrote essays and participated in interviews with members of the selection committee.
“It has been a privilege for all of us who reviewed the applications to get to know our wonderful students,” says Suzanne Thorin, University librarian, dean of the library and chair of the Remembrance Scholars Selection Committee. “The students who were selected from that very competitive pool represent all of the victims of Pan Am 103, including the 35 SU students who lost their lives.”
Additionally, each year two students from Lockerbie are selected as Lockerbie Scholars. They spend one year studying at SU on a scholarship before returning to the United Kingdom to complete their university degrees. This year’s scholars, Allison Donaldson and Duncan McNab, will also be recognized at the convocation. Both SU and the Lockerbie Trust support this award.
Thorin will preside over the convocation, and SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor will deliver a message. A Remembrance Scholar will speak on behalf of the group, and Thorin will present the scholars. A reception will follow the convocation in the lobby of the Heroy Geology Laboratory.
The 2010-11 Remembrance Scholars (and their hometowns and colleges/schools) are: