April 29th, 2013

Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund established

A memorial scholarship fund has been established at BU in the name of Lu Lingzi (GRS’13), the BU graduate student who was one of three people killed during the Boston Marathon bomb attacks on April 15.

“It’s a fitting tribute and the right thing to do,” says Kenneth Feld (SMG’70), a BU trustee who proposed the memorial scholarship at a meeting of the executive committee of The Campaign for Boston University, which he chairs. Before the meeting adjourned, the committee’s seven members had committed $560,000 to the fund, created in accordance with the preferences of the Lu family. Since that time, contributions from hundreds of individuals and groups around the world have increased the fund total to more than $800,000.

Lu Lingzi was a beloved member of the BU community. An optimist with a powerful work ethic, she had just passed the first part of the master’s comprehensive exam in statistics—an accomplishment that gave her great satisfaction. Along with her friends and family, the University community grieves at her passing.

Remembrance and recognition

Feld says the scholarship fund will also honor the memory of a tragedy that has hit home for the BU community and will become, like September 11, 2001, a day that will never be forgotten. “There isn’t an individual at BU who didn’t have some connection to people who were there,” he says. And by honoring Lu, the scholarship also recognizes BU’s profound connection to the people of China, which is sending a growing number of students—this year there are 2,065—to the University. BU has another strong connection, Feld says: among many other ties, the U.S. ambassador to China, Gary F. Locke (LAW’75), is an alumnus.

The scholarship fund will welcome all contributions. Says Feld, “Every one has real meaning.”

UPDATE

The Lu Lingzi Fund has reached $1 million in contributions! Read more at BU Today.

Contributions are still welcome for the Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund.

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