For the fifth consecutive year, I'll be running the Boston Marathon as a member of Team Krystle Campbell, named for a UMass Boston alumna who was among those we lost in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
As a way of preserving Krystle's memory and empowering UMB students, we award $5000 scholarships annually to women Business majors of exceptional merit and/or need. While, historically, we have awarded two such scholarship each year, in 2020, we will award FIVE such scholarships.
Not only do I teach at UMB but UMB is my alma mater (BA English 2000). My colleagues had Krystle in their courses. My National Guard unit was activated to respond to the attacks in 2013. To say that I feel a personal connection to this very worthy cause is an understatement.
It is a privilege and an honor for me to represent UMass Boston at the country's best and oldest marathon. The support I've received over the past four years has been humbling and amazing.
Donations are sincerely appreciated. Having met all of our scholarship recipients since 2016, I can assure you that your money is being very, very well utilized. Our recipients include US military verterans, immigrants, first generaion college students, women who work full-time, women who are the primary caretakers for elderly relatives, women who themselves are heavily involved in charitable work. They're all amazing. Your help makes a differnce in the lives of real people.
From Team Krystle:
Funds raised through the Run for Krystle Marathon Program will support the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund at UMass Boston.
This fund was started in memory of UMass Boston alumna, Krystle Campbell, who lost her life in the 2013 marathon bombing. Out of this heartbreak, symbols of strength, perseverance, and solidarity have emerged. One inspiring example is the generous donation from former UMass Trustee Richard Campbell, who established this scholarship fund to support educational opportunities for students like Krystle, pursuing a degree in business at the University of Massachusetts. Each year, students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance are awarded $5,000 scholarships. The students selected stand out among their peers for their exceptional grades, volunteer work, involvement in the university and community, and all around excellence in academics. More than 80 students apply for the scholarship each year and many state that without financial aid, they would not be able to complete their degree.
A past recipient stated: I am completely financially independent. Paying for school, rent, and living expenses has required extreme budgeting, scholarship searching, and several jobs to make ends meet. It has been the hardest challenge of my life. This scholarship will provide me with the financial security to prosper in my final year of school. I cannot express in words how much this means to me, and how much it will help me.
Krystle Campbell's enthusiasm for learning, dedication to her family, and remarkable work ethic live on in the scholarship fund established in her name.