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Scholarship announced in honor of Krystle Campbell, victim of the marathon bombing

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Patricia and William Campbell (left), and Trustee Richard Campbell (right) in front of Krystal Campbell’s memorial portrait

Krystle Campbell, was a former University of Massachusetts Boston student. Tragically, she was one of the three fatalities of the Boston Marathon bombing. 
On Nov. 14 a memorial portrait was hung in the Campus Center and Chancellor Keith Motley announced the creation of a scholarship in Krystle’s memory. 
Graduate Student Assembly President Jesse Wright, remarked, “all the stories I heard about Krystle in the days and weeks following the Boston bombing had a common thread. Everyone explained that whenever they had problems, she would positively bring them back from whatever edge that they were on with her smile and her personality.”
“It is important to focus on preserving the memory of Krystle Campbell and all that she has brought to the community while she was here, which is why hanging a portrait of her is appropriate for this commemoration,” Wright said.
Minimum endowment for a University scholarship is $25,000, Richard Campbell, member of the UMass Board of Trustee, established the scholarship in Krystle’s honor and was instrumental in pushing the honorary degree for Krystle Campbell that was awarded last May. 
“It is important to focus on preserving the memory of Krystle Campbell and all that she has brought to the community while she was here,” said Wright in support of the scholarship. 
The University Student Government (USG) voted last year to create a holiday called UMass Boston Strong Day, third Monday of every April. The chancellor announced that it was official, making it a day that the USG will financially support a range of activities. 
Wright remarked, “we created it in memory of Krystle, but the activities will be centered around growing the sense of community on campus; it will be an opportunity for students to provide activities for other students to bring us all together.”
 The UMass Board of Trustees has decided to sponsor a group of students, one from each University to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon. They will run as a team and gather donations for the memorial scholarship.