Two College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students are among the 35 students chosen by Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee to be the 2023-24 Remembrance Scholars.

The scholarships, now in their 34th year, were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the students studying in London and Florence through Syracuse University who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Those students 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.

Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a competitive selection process. Applicants submitted an essay and a reflective response in multimedia, artistic, musical or written format as part of a comprehensive application. The selection committee is composed of University faculty and staff and current Remembrance Scholars. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholarship, leadership and service to the community.

The VPA students selected are:

  • Nina Chen of Palo Alto, California, a fashion design major in the School of Design
  • Sofia Rodriguez of Miami Gardens, Florida, a communication and rhetorical studies major in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies.