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Four students awarded scholarship created in honor of Kristin Smart

Kristin Smart Scholarship Foundation

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – Four students have been awarded the Kristin Smart Scholarship, created in honor of the Cal Poly student who disappeared from campus more than 25 years ago.

Four students from San Luis Obispo and San Joaquin counties were awarded the Kristin Smart Scholarship which will help them pay for college.

The recipients have interest in international relations, architecture and/or law enforcement or forensic science.

Kaylee Garcia from Morro Bay High School was one of the recipients of the scholarship.

The 2021 winners are Karlaine Francisco from Stockton, Kaylee Garcia from Morro Bay, Madelyn Nall from Arroyo Grande and Anh (Annie) Nguyen from Stockton.

The Kristin Smart Scholarship was created in honor of Kristin Smart, a 19-year-old freshman at Cal Poly who disappeared back in 1996. Smart had a deep love of travel, exploring new cultures and was pursuing her college degree in architecture, her family said.

Madelyn Nall is from Arroyo Grande High School and received the Kristin Smart Scholarship.

“Nothing is more important than knowing that my sister’s life continues to have purpose and meaning,” stated Matthew Smart, Kristin’s younger brother. “While we realize we cannot change the past, we can ensure Kristin’s legacy lives on by providing opportunity, through the gift of scholarship, for other young women to follow their dreams, in the way that Kristin had hoped to live out hers.”

The Kristin Smart Scholarship is the family’s way of celebrating and remembering Kristin’s life, hopes, dreams and ambitions, by financially helping other young women realize theirs. 

For more information on the scholarship, click here.

Education / Lifestyle / San Luis Obispo County
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