Two UMass Boston students earn $5K Krystle Campbell Scholarships
Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman announced the recipients of this year's Krystle Campbell Scholarships at an event Saturday in Medford celebrating Campbell's legacy and the Boston Marathon team that runs in her name.
UMass Boston students Alice Boushell '21, of Raynham, and Kassandra Rodriguez '21, of Wellesley, each received $5,000 scholarships to pursue their management degrees.
"As I've been told, this scholarship is a fitting tribute to a special young woman who was proud to be a UMass Boston student," Newman said. "Scholarships can make a real difference. I have no doubt that Krystle would be especially pleased to know that a scholarship in her name is supporting students at her alma mater."
Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke, State Rep. Paul Donato, Krystle's brother Bill Campbell, and members of this year's Run for Krystle Marathon Team were on hand for the celebration, which was held steps away from the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden. Campbell, a victim of the 2013 marathon bombings, attended UMass Boston from 2005 to 2007 and received a degree posthumously.
"Not only am I working for myself and my family, but now I'm working on behalf of Krystle," Boushell said. "I want to do good for her."
Before the event, the marathon team ran through Medford, stopping for a moment outside the Campbell house in tribute.
The marathon team runs the Boston Marathon every year to raise money for the scholarship fund established in Krystle's memory. Since 2014, UMass Boston has awarded two Krystle Campbell Scholarships every year to female College of Management students pursuing business degrees. The scholarship was started by former UMass Trustee Richard Campbell and his wife Barbara. Campbell is not related to Krystle, but like her, grew up in Medford and attended UMass Boston.
"My heart goes out to all of the people who run. It's incredible what you do," Richard Campbell said. "It's incredible what you do," Richard Campbell said. "It's incredible what you have achieved and what kind of role you play in creating this scholarship fund."
The Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund had raised $905,460 and after this year's marathon, it would be at $955,000. Donate to the scholarship.
In a surprise announcement, Richard Campbell told guests that he would contribute the difference to bring the scholarship fund up to $1 million after this year's marathon.
"What's best about the university is the students," Campbell said. "Let's do everything that we can to help these kids. Because these kids go into UMass Boston and they're like us. They need all the help that they can get. They're working and going to school at the same time. So this scholarship plays an important role and I'm happy to be part of it."
The 2019 Run for Krystle Marathon Team includes UMass Boston graduates, staff, and faculty members, and friends of the university.
This year's scholarship winners say they're proud to carry on the legacy of the former UMass Boston student.
Rodriguez '21 is a sophomore majoring in accounting in the College of Management at UMass Boston. In addition to taking four classes, she works 40-45 hours each week at a grocery store to help with her family's expenses. She aspires to be an accountant, and dreams of opening her own firm. She will be the first in her family to complete a bachelor's degree.
"I feel so honored to carry on Krystle's legacy. What happened to her was a tragedy, and I know tragedy all too well with my step-dad passing away. I feel so honored to carry on her legacy, and I'm excited to finish off strong in this semester."
Boushell ’21 is in a three-year program in the College of Management with a concentration in marketing. She has volunteered at Pine Street Inn, Father Bills & Mainsprings, Cradles to Crayons, and as a coach for Special Olympics teams. Alice, a former junior Patriot’s cheerleader, currently works part-time as a social media coordinator for a dance studio. She wants to pursue an MBA or law degree and plans to work in the sports industry.
“The second I stepped foot on this campus, it felt like such a different rush and it felt like this is where I want to be. It’s a whole community,” said Boushell. “Everyone wants to do good—and we all find common ground, whatever it is. UMass Boston is one of the best opportunities that will come into my life and bring me further in life. I’m just happy to be here.”
Mayor Stephanie Burke applauded the scholarship recipients and runners.
“Today we reaffirm our commitment to endure, and like the endurance of a marathon runner, through our acts and our deeds, we strive each day to work hard to do our best, and to honor those like Krystle, our sister, whose life and legacy will never be forgotten and will remind us of the precious gift of each and every day,” Burke said.