Jessica Lutton Bedient Scholarship
About the scholarship:
Jessica Lutton Bedient was passionate about experiencing other cultures and serving others. To honor her life, a study abroad scholarship was established in her memory at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bedient, a 26-year-old newlywed, died on Oct. 13, 2010, four days after she and her husband, Tony Bedient, were in a traffic accident in Omaha.
To allow others to pursue their educational dreams, Jessica's parents, David and Susan Lutton of Ashland, established the scholarship with the help of memorial gifts from family members and friends. The permanenly endowed fund provides annual scholarships for students in the Forsythe Family Program in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs program at UNL.
The fund helps cover travel and related expenses of students pursuing a minor in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs who, as part of their capstone experience within the minor, may choose to complete a service learning project abroad.
"The Jessica Lutton Bedient Scholarship gave me the opportunity to study and volunteer in the nation of Rwanda. There, I was able to not only study the nation's history, but also how the country and its people and society were able to move forward from its dark past into a brighter future. I saw this future being cultivated firsthand as the Bedient Scholarship helped me to seek out a service project helping impoverished women learn English in a vocational school." More information about Sophia and the Jessica Lutton Bedient scholarship can be found here.
You can help students like Sophia by contributing to the fund here.