Four students from the School of Education and the Taishoff Center’s InclusiveU have been named 2020-21 Remembrance Scholars, one of Syracuse University’s most prestigious honors. Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a rigorous, competitive process. Honorees include:
- Andrew Benbenek of Cicero, New York, studying broadcast and digital journalism through InclusiveU;
- Justine Hastings of Brooklyn, New York, a dual major in secondary English education and English and textual studies, and a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program;
- Victoria Munley of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, a music education major;
- Gabrielle Phillips of Rockville, Maryland, an inclusive elementary and special education major;
Three students from the Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development have also been named Remembrance Scholars: Higher Education Opportunity Program‘s Canab Sheekh Nuur (political science), and TRIO Student Support Services‘ Alimat Durodola (economics and policy studies) and Louisa Williams (supply chain management and information management and technology).
The scholarships, now in their 31st year, were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Those students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among the 270 people who perished in the bombing. 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 Jean Thompson ’66 and Syracuse University Life Trustee Richard L. Thompson G’67 in memory of Jean Taylor Phelan Terry ’43 and John F. Phelan, Jean Thompson’s parents; by Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Steven Barnes ’82 and Deborah Barnes; and by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.