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BU Scholarship to Honor Lu Lingzi

In response to worldwide outpouring, trustees launch fund with $560,000, now up to $716,000

Lu Lingzi, Boston University, Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund

BU has created a scholarship fund in memory of Lu Lingzi (GRS’14), the graduate student who was killed in the bomb blast near the Boston Marathon finish line. Photo courtesy of Menghan Hu (CAS’13, GRS’13)

This story is also available in Chinese—读中文报道

As thousands of offers to help in some way pour in from alumni, friends, and others around the world, a fund has been established to endow a memorial scholarship at the University in the name of Lu Lingzi, the BU graduate student who was one of three people killed in 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 last Wednesday at a meeting of the executive committee of the Campaign for BU, which he chairs. Before the meeting adjourned, its seven members had committed $560,000 to the fund, which has since grown to $716,000, with contributions from more than 600 donors from 14 countries.

After learning of the death of Lu (GRS’14) and of the severe injuries to another BU graduate student, alumni, residents of Lu’s hometown in China, and others around the world have asked through Facebook, Twitter, and several U.S. consulates in China what they could do to honor the students and memorialize the tragic events of the day, Feld says. Since Lu’s death was reported, there have been more than 6,000 posts, “likes,” and shares expressing condolences and support on BU Alumni Association social media outlets.

“But there was no central place to donate, and we asked ourselves, ‘What could we do to honor her memory, today and tomorrow?’” says Feld, who is chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. The answer was clear, he says. “A scholarship fund in her name will be there forever; people can contribute to something that is ongoing.” Within 10 minutes of Feld’s proposal, the committee had raised the initial funds.

Feld says the scholarship fund also honors 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, Hon.’98), is an alumnus.

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

Contribute to the Lu Lingzi Memorial Scholarship Fund here.

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Susan Seligson, Senior Writer for BU Today and Bostonia
Susan Seligson

Susan Seligson can be reached at sueselig@bu.edu.

80 Comments on BU Scholarship to Honor Lu Lingzi

  • G on 04.18.2013 at 3:03 pm

    I am glad to see this. She will always be remembered by us. Good job!

  • Eric on 04.18.2013 at 3:34 pm

    Great news. She shall never be forgotten.

  • Mariah :) on 04.18.2013 at 3:50 pm

    This is something this world needs. Something good for a change.

  • Hui on 04.18.2013 at 3:51 pm

    A beautiful angel in heaven. Will always love you. :)

  • Lin on 04.18.2013 at 5:18 pm

    We are here for you.

  • Fei on 04.18.2013 at 5:35 pm

    I will remember your clean and beautiful smile… Peace ever since…

  • Jen on 04.18.2013 at 6:06 pm

    This is great! I hope it will help Lu’s family and the other girl Zhou. As an international student myself, I know how bad our health insurance is. Hope Zhou can use the money for recovery.

  • P on 04.18.2013 at 6:20 pm

    My deep condolence to LU’s family. May Lingzi’s soul be blessed in heaven.

  • Tracy Smith on 04.18.2013 at 7:02 pm

    What a wonderful to keep her memory alive.

  • Kailey on 04.18.2013 at 7:54 pm

    This is amazing and makes me very glad that we can turn a bad situation around as a community.

  • Justin Feng on 04.18.2013 at 8:00 pm

    It is a good way to remember this angel.

  • Theresa on 04.18.2013 at 8:21 pm

    I did not know this beautiful angel but my heart hurts just the same. Proud to see my alma mater being a class act, however much saddened behind the need.

    Lu, sweet child in heaven, you have touched many lives and will never be forgotten. Study hard in heaven!

  • Kevin on 04.18.2013 at 8:28 pm

    BU, great job! You care about your students deeply, and your students will be grateful forever! from a Harvard student.

  • 开拓 on 04.18.2013 at 8:45 pm

    这么漂亮的女孩子,一路走好!

    • tony on 04.19.2013 at 9:14 am

      sir, it is sad.

      • Emily on 04.19.2013 at 11:44 am

        He did mean sad and wish LU’s soul to be blessed in heaven in Chinese expression, trust me!

        • Timtesla on 04.20.2013 at 2:23 am

          Yes,LU Ling Zi, a beautiful girl,I will miss you,and,God bless you.

  • Alex on 04.18.2013 at 9:03 pm

    thank you for the great idea.

  • David on 04.18.2013 at 9:16 pm

    One angle went which is really one pity for all of us, especially for their family. Luckily one scholarship was lanched to remember her. May Lu good in heaven. One Chinese fellow in China.

  • Yuan on 04.18.2013 at 9:23 pm

    This is the right thing to do and to spread

  • luna on 04.18.2013 at 9:25 pm

    That is very meaningful.

  • Wyatt on 04.18.2013 at 9:35 pm

    为你点亮蜡烛,愿天国没有仇恨。

  • haoye on 04.18.2013 at 11:04 pm

    BU, tkx for it,God bless Lingzi

  • wen on 04.18.2013 at 11:05 pm

    god bless her family.it is very sad lose only child in china.china one family only one baby.one kid is their whole life

  • Leon Zhang on 04.18.2013 at 11:30 pm

    Wish a world with peace and kindness…

  • 佑菱 on 04.18.2013 at 11:59 pm

    你走得太突然,让旁人非常非常惋惜。但愿在另一个世界能过得好一些。

  • xue on 04.19.2013 at 12:08 am

    Lingzi, your beautiful smile will be remembered forever.

  • Chinese American on 04.19.2013 at 12:22 am

    This wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, dedicating young lady will be missed. If she alive, she would make everybody happy near her. Her character, is someone that you want to be friend with forever.

  • xiaoge wu on 04.19.2013 at 1:02 am

    花季的少女一路走好

  • LANG on 04.19.2013 at 1:03 am

    代我所有关心你的亲友 祝你早日安息 …

  • angliny on 04.19.2013 at 1:24 am

    一路走好,愿生者坚强,逝者安息!

  • Wang Rui@bit.edu.cn on 04.19.2013 at 1:25 am

    这个女孩儿是多么牵挂我们的心~她的离开让校友同学痛不欲生,让我觉得好可惜,希望她来生更幸福~

  • Sunfire on 04.19.2013 at 1:52 am

    a extremely beautiful and smart girl from my hometown is gone suddenly, the pain and sadness is unbearable. I never met her, she is my girl in my heart forever. Her angle image is real , inspiring, million times appealing than phony pop star. looking at her picture, it seems that she tell us to move forward, love your life and create wonderful things. I get it.

  • lhaba tshering on 04.19.2013 at 2:03 am

    Deep condolences to the family. May her soul rest in peace. We must all stand up and say no to violence.

  • Jack on 04.19.2013 at 2:12 am

    Lingzi will be remembered.

  • Leo Yang on 04.19.2013 at 3:06 am

    R.I.P God bless U

  • on 04.19.2013 at 3:40 am

    感谢BU的态度温暖了每一个中国人的心,愿每一个在异乡拼搏的留学生健康安好,悲剧不再上演。

  • Roger Huang on 04.19.2013 at 5:12 am

    It’s really a sad news when we heard Lingzi was dead after missing for 2 days! What a pity an excellent girl we know died in the Boston Marathon Blast Tragedy. But we feel warm when we heard a memorial Lingzi Scholarship was established to remember this smart angel-like girl. Thank you all the BU faculties and the kind people with love and sympathy. I’m in China.

  • Lisa '13 on 04.19.2013 at 6:20 am

    It is great to hear that, it makes us proud of BU, LU Lingzi was an amazing girl, her memory deserves the greatest honor, she will always be in our hearts

  • 邵益飞 on 04.19.2013 at 6:22 am

    一路走好

  • Feng on 04.19.2013 at 6:36 am

    It is best way to memorialize the amazing, smart girl. We will remember her forever.

  • Rafael on 04.19.2013 at 7:04 am

    As a former BU Graduate student (GSM 89) I feel proud of seeing how well and quick BU has reacted honoring LU memeory with this Scolarship. Our hearts and prayers are with LU

  • Shili on 04.19.2013 at 8:50 am

    Thank you BU. May Lingzi’s beautiful smile never fades in heaven.

  • zephyr on 04.19.2013 at 9:38 am

    令子学姐,愿天堂没有灾难。

  • Luna on 04.19.2013 at 9:47 am

    I came to the States from China four and half years ago to pursue my dreams in a US university just like Lingzi and feel very connected to her. I could deeply feel for her families in China, reminding me of my own. I can’t imagine what tremendous pains they are suffering. I pray for less violence in this world.

  • Wenjing on 04.19.2013 at 10:00 am

    Will never forget you, Lingzi.

  • Xin Shen(沈鑫) on 04.19.2013 at 10:04 am

    祝所有海外的游子安好——祭奠吕令子

  • Sinclair Zhao on 04.19.2013 at 10:07 am

    Great job BU! You make all the Chinese students moved. Lingzi will never be alone. Sincere respect from an international student in the UK.

  • 马海波 on 04.19.2013 at 10:18 am

    多么美丽的生命,就这样走了,愿主慈悯!

  • Babs on 04.19.2013 at 10:54 am

    难道这就是所谓的红颜薄命吗? 为什么会这么巧? 逝者已矣,我们活着的人真的不应该为了生活的琐事在懊恼烦心了。因为在死亡面前,一切都变得那么渺小。

  • Harrison on 04.19.2013 at 11:00 am

    I’m a Chinese student from sydney uni. It’s so sad to hear the news. I cannot image how sad your mom and dad are right now. All we can do is pray for you.Your smile will be always remembered. God bless.

  • GQ Chen on 04.19.2013 at 11:20 am

    What a beautiful and lovely girl! We love you and memorize you for ever. Bu really does a great job.

  • Yi on 04.19.2013 at 11:45 am

    Smile ever sinec, RIP~

  • alex wu on 04.19.2013 at 11:54 am

    May you rest in peace

    Student from BUPT

  • Sun on 04.19.2013 at 12:32 pm

    一路走好,愿悲剧不再发生

  • LucianiGrad13 on 04.19.2013 at 12:56 pm

    Well done executive committee! Proud to be a schoolmate of LU Lingzi and proud to be BU student.

  • george on 04.19.2013 at 1:13 pm

    lord, pls take care of her

  • Lihan on 04.19.2013 at 1:56 pm

    May you rest in peace. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  • Nancy Passikoff on 04.19.2013 at 2:06 pm

    I am touched and inspired by this beautiful and intelligent young woman, an amazing representative of BU and the long standing focus on inter cultural relations and diversity. To have a scholarship in her name is a perfect tribute to her life, since she can sadly no longer be with us. While it would have been a blessing in her life, perhaps her death, through what BU is doing in her name, will also help the USA to enhance our positive communications with and understanding of China.

  • Glen on 04.19.2013 at 2:45 pm

    So proud of my university for a tribute to this young lady and a week has not passed yet. Maybe offer a scholarship to the Richard family remaining kids and the family of the 29 year young lady who also loss their lives…

  • Liu on 04.19.2013 at 3:22 pm

    I can’t believe such a Chinese talent is gone at this tragedy. I don’t know her but my tear keeps dripping by knowing she’s the third victim. Wish her pursue her dreams in heaven. Our hearts are with her family and friends.
    May the world peace!

  • barbara mandelkorn on 04.19.2013 at 4:20 pm

    I think this is a wonderful thing to do in her memory.
    I also hope the family can receive some of the donations
    directly back in China, as Lingzi was their only daughter
    and they are very poor indeed. She was their hope for
    the future, hers and theirs.

  • Xinda on 04.19.2013 at 10:37 pm

    As a Chinese student who was also admitted to BU last year, I wish her all the peace in heaven.
    天堂里没有恐怖和疯狂,愿如此美丽的女生永远美丽,在我们中国学生的心中。

  • Aubrey on 04.20.2013 at 3:33 am

    I am A University of Ottawa student .I felt so bad to hear this shocking news on TV. fortunately the killer has been arrested eventually .I am not a Christian ,but I hope that God bless you ,and your parents who had brought you to this world.All I want to say is that you are so beautiful and pure as Angela ,as white princess. RIP.

  • ruiwu on 04.20.2013 at 5:17 am

    一路走好 !

  • Y Hu on 04.20.2013 at 9:26 am

    虽然生命如昙花,
    你的笑容却是如此美丽和平静。

  • Ashley on 04.20.2013 at 12:31 pm

    May we always remember this beautiful daughter, friend, and Student. Thank you BU for making us proud to be terriers in the wake of this tragic loss, and ensuring that she will always be in our hearts and minds. May her family and friends find some comfort in knowing we all stand with you, mourn with you, pray for you, and continue to support you.

  • Casey Henderson on 04.20.2013 at 4:14 pm

    R.I.P. May you have a wonderful afterlife. Many of us don’t know you really, but the photos and beautiful images of you definitely convey that you surely do have a good and beautiful heart. May you be in a good and beautiful place. Such goodness and beauty shall not randomly and senselessly die in vain. Reason and meaning will be revealed, Justice shall be given, and Balance will be achieved. Things are always greater than ourselves or any one individual, but we must not forget ourselves or the individuals. Especially one such as you. There is purpose to every death, as there is to every life. We shall find Purpose, we shall bring Justice and Balance, and we will find Sense and Meaning to this seemingly Crazy Senseless World, if only in your honor, for your memory. You were randomly taken from this world by a cowardly act. But be rest assured that the honorless individual(s) will not be dealt with randomly, but directly, with purpose. A much higher purpose than theirs, for this world. We shall fight for Justice, Order and Peace in your name May this always be remembered. May you never be forgotten, Lu Lingzi.

  • Derrick on 04.20.2013 at 7:57 pm

    All the way from Kenya,RIP dear Lu,God loves you & will grant you peace and comfort that you were denied in this world by the two guys.God has a special place for all of us and you just took your place.RIP with all my heart and soul!

  • maureenrc on 04.20.2013 at 8:22 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful. What a small price for such a hard-working, gifted, beautiful young woman. I am so sorry that she is gone!

  • Anna on 04.20.2013 at 9:59 pm

    Great idea to ensure the memory of LU is not forgotten.

  • 何秋谷 on 04.21.2013 at 3:53 am

    阿门,一路走好,

  • allen wan on 04.22.2013 at 7:57 am

    Lu must have been an amazing girl just from reading her family’s heart-wrenching letter. I am glad to see her immortalized in a scholarship and BU for having such foresight to know the world is sharing in her family’s grief. RIP Lu and all those who have suffered

  • chen on 04.22.2013 at 11:51 am

    很有意义!能让人们长久地缅怀、纪念这位智慧美丽的姑娘,还能帮助更多有着令子同样梦想的年轻学子,实现自己的梦想

  • GregD on 04.22.2013 at 5:07 pm

    願上天找你順眼,因為我們沒有在地球上。上帝保佑你的精神將永遠活。

  • June on 04.22.2013 at 8:21 pm

    Such a beautiful life cut short! Let the livings stay strong and treasure life each day!

  • Jean on 04.22.2013 at 8:32 pm

    Rest in peace, beautiful girl. Moving to hear about the scholarship and the fast response…at least more lives will be touched.

  • JMFulton,Jr on 04.23.2013 at 6:51 pm

    She came to BU with enthusiasm and hope. She spread cheer and vitality campus-wide.
    May she leave this land with dignity.
    The people of BU, Boston and the United States of America can make her family proud, and full of that dignity for themselves.

  • c w s fong on 04.30.2013 at 10:31 am

    Bostonians and all to God we pray –
    Our thoughts for people traumatised by amputation;
    Shower your blessings on those who lost loved ones;
    The tragic incident in Boston on Monday afternoon,
    Our wish that whatever caused the tragedy,
    Nowhere people would ever experience similar event.
    In our hearts we remember those who died,
    A prayer that they now rest in your eternal peace.
    No more heinous attacks but only acts of kindness.
    Saving God may peace prevail, in Boston, and elsewhere.

    Amen.

  • Paula Lee on 04.12.2014 at 10:38 pm

    Nothing will take away the sadness and tragedy from this even. A tribute to such a beautiful. vibrant soul is the least we can do. My heart goes out to her parents and family.

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