I went to the event last night because my sister and brother in law were among those to be recognized. They have endowed a fellowship to provide full time support for a graduate student in memory of their daughter, a graduate of Evergreen. Here is how the fellowship is described on the college website:
The Sara Bilezikian Memorial FellowshipTwo years full-time (12 credits/quarter) in-state tuition for one incoming MES (Master of Environmental Studies) student.
This fellowship is offered to one student who demonstrates commitment to environmental protection, environmental advocacy, and social justice. Financial need is also taken into consideration. This fellowship is awarded every other year (2011, 2013, 2015. . .) to an incoming MES student. International students are eligible. FAFSA is required. Next possible round of applications may be in Summer 2011.
My sister shone. She received their award and turned to the audience. In few words, simply spoken she told how many of those in the room shared her honor because of the roles they play. She introduced several recipients of the Sara Bilezikian Fellowship. She thanked the staff and faculty. And she acknowledged the loved ones who complete the fabric of community and support. I know that she will grieve the loss of her child for the rest of her life. Last night she was bathed in well deserved recognition. I was proud.