Two UMass Boston students were awarded the Krystle Campbell Scholarship on Friday, named in honor of one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The university's interim chancellor, Katherine Newman, presented Kassandra Rodriguez and Alice Boushell, both undergraduates of the class of 2021, with the award at an event Saturday in the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden in Medford, the university said in a statement.
The award, given to undergraduate students studying business, aims to "support educational opportunities for students like Krystle," according to the event's website.
"Krystle Campbell’s enthusiasm for learning, dedication to her family, and remarkable work ethic live on through the scholarship fund established in her name," the site says.
Campbell attended UMass Boston from 2005 to 2007 and was awarded her degree after her death in 2013.
“I feel so honored to carry on Krystle’s legacy," Rodriguez, a Wellesley resident who is studying accounting, said in a statement. "What happened to her was a tragedy, and I know tragedy all too well with my step-dad passing away."
Boushell, a Raynham resident who is pursuing a three-year program in the university's college of management with a concentration in marketing, said she feels like she has a piece of Campbell with her in the classroom.
"Not only am I working for myself and my family, but now I’m working on behalf of Krystle. I want to do good for her," she said.