Scholarship honors memory of Kaitlyn Doorhy

Kaitlyn Doorhy

Kaitlyn Doorhy

Kaitlyn Doorhy, the Sacred Heart University junior who died after being struck by a car on Bridgeport’s Madison Avenue Aug. 23, is being honored by an endowed scholarship, the university announced Tuesday.

The H.W. Wilson Foundation has given $100,000 to Sacred Heart University to establish a scholarship in Doorhy’s memory. Doorhy was about to begin her junior year when she was fatally hit while walking to campus.

Sacred Heart said in a press release that the scholarship will be given each year to a junior student from Long Island with financial need. The university further stated that the first award will probably be given for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Harold Regan, president of the H.W. Wilson Foundation, said the board of the foundation was deeply moved by the news of Kaitlyn’s untimely passing, according to the press release. “We pray for Kaitlyn’s family and hope this gesture can add to the many joyful memories of her extraordinary life,” he said.

The university described the foundation as established by Halsey W. Wilson in 1952 to support the needs of company employees and retirees. By 1957, the foundation directed its funding efforts to support libraries, library associations, historical societies, cultural programs and scholarships for library and information science programs accredited by the American Library Association. Major donors to the Foundation included Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Wilson and the H.W. Wilson Company.

“We are very grateful to the H.W. Wilson Foundation for this generous gift in Kaitlyn’s memory,” said Judite Vamvakides, director of annual giving at the university. “It will ensure that Kaitlyn is remembered each year and that future students will learn about all that she meant to Sacred Heart.”

Doorhy was also honored recently by her four roommates who planted a tree in her memory outside the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on the university campus. The tree was dedicated during Family Weekend and a plaque was placed nearby before a crowd that included approximately 70 of Doorhy’s visiting friends and family members. Click here to view photos from the dedication.

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