The H.W. Wilson Foundation has donated $100,000 to Sacred Heart University to establish an scholarship in memory of a student who died when she was struck by a car while walking to campus over the summer.
Kaitlyn Doorhy, 20, was set to begin her junior year. She was crossing the street with a friend on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport the afternoon of Aug. 24 when a car driving northbound swerved to avoid Doorhy's friend and hit her instead, according to police.
The scholarship will be awarded annual a junior from Long Island, where Doorhy lived, with financial need. Officials expect the first award to be given out during the 2015-2016 school year.
“We are very grateful to the H.W. Wilson Foundation for this generous gift in Kaitlyn’s memory,” Judite Vamvakides, director of Annual Giving at SHU, said in a statement. “It will ensure that Kaitlyn is remembered each year and that future students will learn about all that she meant to Sacred Heart.”
Doorhy's four roommates honored her memory recently by planting a tree outside the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on the SHU campus.
They dedicated the tree during Family Weekend and placed a plaque nearby before a crowd of about 70 of Doorhy’s visiting friends and family members.